ladle

noun
la·​dle | \ ˈlā-dᵊl How to pronounce ladle (audio) \

Definition of ladle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a deep-bowled long-handled spoon used especially for dipping up and conveying liquids
2 : something resembling a ladle in form or function

ladle

verb
ladled; ladling\ ˈlād-​liŋ How to pronounce ladling (audio) , ˈlā-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of ladle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to take up and convey in or as if in a ladle

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Other Words from ladle

Noun

ladleful \ ˈlā-​dᵊl-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce ladleful (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for ladle

Synonyms: Noun

dipper, scoop, spoon

Synonyms: Verb

bucket, dip, lade, scoop, spoon

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Examples of ladle in a Sentence

Noun

the chef hunted for a ladle to add the chicken broth to the pot

Verb

The soup was ladled into the bowls. ladling the wine into cups
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Remove from the heat and ladle directly into the prebaked pie shells. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Make a special dessert for Dad on his special day," 12 June 2019 Add a ladle of broth and stir constantly until it's mostly absorbed. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Cook a Risotto-Style Dish With Whatever Grain You Have," 20 Apr. 2019 For example, a deep drawer can be used to store pots and pants or serving dishes, while a shallow drawer on top keeps wooden spoons, ladles, and other utensils organized. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Just Right," 11 Feb. 2019 To serve, put a large ladle of stewed lentils in a low, wide soup bowl and place a large spoonful of rice next to it. David Tanis, The Seattle Times, "A humble feast begins with lentils," 7 Jan. 2019 Divide dumplings among 4-5 bowls and ladle soup over. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Secret to This Dish's Deep Flavor," 18 Oct. 2018 Using a small ladle, pour glaze over the cakes, making sure to cover the tops and sides. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Orange-and-Molasses Cakes Recipe," 12 Nov. 2010 Stir a large ladle of sauce without shrimp into the pasta. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Toss spicy Italian puttanesca with shrimp and angel hair in this sublime summer dish," 18 June 2018 Using a ladle, skim off as much fat as possible (save it for another use). Bon Appetit, "Red-Braised Pork Belly (Hong Shao Rou)," 19 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To serve, ladle the soup into warm bowls, crown each with 3 slices of chorizo and drizzle some of the flavored oil from the skillet over the top. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "Four recipes to celebrate the in-season, in-the-moment kale," 20 June 2019 All that flavor should be savored, which means the sauce that collects in the bottom of your slow cooker needs to be ladled over the pork, cheese, and broccoli rabe. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "This Slow Cooker Roast Pork Sandwich Wins Championships," 31 Jan. 2018 To serve, ladle hot soup into bowls and top with toasts, smoked trout, sautéed leeks and chives. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest Leek Soup Recipe Is Also the Best," 29 Oct. 2018 Some advice-givers dole out punishing slaps or withering rebukes; others ladle out cups of verbal hot cocoa, reassuring and soothing. New York Times, "Wisdom Dispensed With Slaps and Puns: A Sprightly History of Advice-Giving," 1 June 2018 To serve, ladle the soup into individual shallow bowls. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "This dessert could be cooler than ice cream on a hot day," 3 July 2018 Indeed, for millennia, in the West as well as the East, bowls were the vessel from which ordinary people ate all their meals, because most cooking consisted of some kind of soup or stew or pottage, ladled from a common pot. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Comfort of Bowl Food," 13 July 2018 Season the soup with additional salt and pepper, if needed; then ladle into bowls. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 The luminous snapper laid down a neutral protein base for a cioppino that painted an intriguing line between broth and marinara with herbs, garlic and acidity ladled over shrimp, scallops, mussels and clams. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Reborn Rebelle now San Antonio’s finest seafood restaurant," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of ladle

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1532, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ladle

Noun

Middle English ladel, from Old English hlædel, from hladan

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ladle in

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ladle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ladle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large and deep spoon with a long handle that is used for serving a liquid

ladle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ladle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take up and carry (a liquid) by using a large spoon : to serve (a liquid) with a ladle

ladle

noun
la·​dle | \ ˈlā-dᵊl How to pronounce ladle (audio) \

Kids Definition of ladle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large and deep spoon with a long handle that is used especially for serving liquids a soup ladle

ladle

verb
ladled; ladling

Kids Definition of ladle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take up and carry in a ladle

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