spat·​u·​la | \ ˈspa-chə-lə How to pronounce spatula (audio) , ˈspach-lə \

Definition of spatula

: a flat thin implement used especially for spreading or mixing soft substances, scooping, or lifting

Examples of spatula in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wipe the sides of the bowl down with a spatula, then place the chocolate mixture in the freezer. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Chocolate Raspberry Truffles," 5 Feb. 2020 Scrape down sides of bowl with a spatula, as needed. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are hearty enough to get you through the school (or work) week," 23 Jan. 2020 Drop batter by heaping tablespoon onto griddle, spreading slightly with spatula. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Testing recipes brought a steady stream of new dishes to my table. A few became favorites.," 7 Jan. 2020 Remove the whisk attachment and add the fruit and nuts to the nougat, folding with a stiff wooden paddle or a silicone spatula sprayed with nonstick spray. Washington Post, "The perfect holiday gift: delicious, pantry-friendly nougat," 3 Dec. 2019 Apply mixed buttercream to the top and sides of cake with the spatula. Ana Calderone,, "Marble Buttercream Cakes Are Mesmerizing and Basically Magic — Here's How It's Done," 27 Nov. 2019 Priscilla was clearly seen using a tool seven more times, two of which were with a spatula. Karinna Hurley, Scientific American, "Add Another Animal to the List of Tool Users: Pigs," 12 Nov. 2019 Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula until the mixture comes together in a rough mass. Domenica Marchetti,, "How to make fried Sicilian St. Joseph's Day treat called sfince," 16 Mar. 2018 Using a silicone spatula, gently fold softened ice cream and Reese's Cups into whipped cream until well combined. Redbook, "The Grown-Up Way to Eat Your Favorite Halloween Desserts," 24 Sep. 2014

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First Known Use of spatula

1525, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spatula

Late Latin, spoon, spatula — more at epaulet

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The first known use of spatula was in 1525

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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spatula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of spatula

: a kitchen tool that has a handle which is bent upward and a wide, thin blade used for lifting and turning foods on a hot surface
: a kitchen tool that has a long handle and short, soft blade and that is used especially for mixing, spreading, etc.
: a kitchen tool similar to a knife that has a flexible blade and that is used for mixing, spreading, etc.


spat·​u·​la | \ ˈspa-chə-lə How to pronounce spatula (audio) \

Kids Definition of spatula

1 : a tool resembling a knife with a broad flexible blade that is used mostly for spreading or mixing soft substances
2 : a kitchen utensil with a long handle and a wide blade used for scraping batter from a bowl or for lifting and flipping food


spat·​u·​la | \ ˈspach-(ə-)lə How to pronounce spatula (audio) \

Medical Definition of spatula

: a flat thin instrument for spreading or mixing soft substances, scooping, lifting, or scraping

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