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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 This great rendering, with the steam and the giant ladles, was to be managed by the Illinois political class with help from their friends in the public workers unions. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Taxpayers and the Chicago teachers’ contract, a tale of two cities," 16 Oct. 2019 Especially at buffets, swap out the ladle or giant spoon for a tablespoon. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "Guilt-free holiday eating in 7 easy steps," 27 Nov. 2019 Fry the sausage meat in the onion mixture until browned, which will take another 5 minutes or so, and then pour in the passata along with a couple of ladles of the bean broth. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Anna’s Cresc’tajat Pasta with Beans," 4 Dec. 2019 Arctic Scandinavia is capped by coastal mountains that turn southwest as the handle of a ladle, forming the spine between Norway and Sweden. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019 Using a ladle, skim off the scum from the top of the brodo and discard. CBS News, "Recipes from pasta master Evan Funke," 28 Sep. 2019 To serve, ladle about a cup of soup into each bowl and top each with about 2 heaping tablespoons of the topping. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, "A luxuriously creamy soup without a speck of dairy? Yes, please!," 17 Oct. 2019 Using a ladle or measuring cup with a lip, pour ¼ cup of the batter into the pan. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Scallion and Dandelion Greens Crepes," 9 Oct. 2019 Twelve-quart stockpots rest on portable cooktops on the sidewalk in front of the Dhana Bank storefront, each with clouds of steam and large ladles at the ready. Mark Orwoll, Condé Nast Traveler, "On a Myanmar River Cruise, a Rare Chance to Interact With Burmese Monks," 26 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This recipe offers a delicious alternative, perfect for ladling over stuffing and mashed potatoes. oregonlive, "13 Thanksgiving gravy recipes, including ones to make-ahead, that use pan drippings," 24 Nov. 2019 Nettle tea was ladled from an oil drum and 40s of malt liquor were passed around. Wes Enzinna, Harper's magazine, "Gimme Shelter," 19 Nov. 2019 Moles are ladled over things like enchiladas, or teetering piles of rice and julienned vegetables and your choice of protein — the shrimp and filet mignon are solid options, although the meats are best used for mopping up errant pools of mole. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At la Diosa de los Moles, otherworldly cooking from L.A.’s mole goddess," 23 Oct. 2019 The result is an exciting yet comforting meal, which can be served in a bowl with a hunk of crusty bread or warm pita alongside, or ladled onto a bed of couscous or over a heap of fresh arugula leaves. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "A barely cooked tomato sauce and oats give these turkey meatballs a fresh twist," 26 Sep. 2019 But now it's paired with a 48-volt mild hybrid system that uses a lithium battery and a beefy starter-generator to ladle on 90 lb-ft of torque off the line. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Six Best Trucks You Can Buy Right Now," 26 Nov. 2019 Director Chris Columbus smoothly ladles out the slapstick with deft broadening strokes that never diminish this story of one family's painful separation. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mrs. Doubtfire': THR's 1993 Review," 24 Nov. 2019 The launch in Shanghai and the debut of the Model Y are just two of the many challenges Musk has ladled onto Tesla’s plate. NBC News, "Tesla reported a surprise profit — but how long can CEO Elon Musk stay ahead?," 24 Oct. 2019 For now, the beef broth will be ladled into every bowl of soup at Lanzhou, no matter your choice of protein (save the seafood), which may be Chan’s way of steering you, consciously or not, toward the traditional beef noodle bowl. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "At this Maryland restaurant, hand-pulled noodles are the star attraction," 6 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of ladle was before the 12th century

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6 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ladle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ladling. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for ladle

ladle

noun
How to pronounce ladle (audio)

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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