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 Using a thin metal spatula, transfer to a serving platter to cool. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sweet, smoky Korean-style ribs bring heat to a winter salad," 19 Feb. 2021 One of her images is now used often in the protest movement: a young woman in a traditional sarong brandishing a wok and a spatula. New York Times, "Paint, Poems and Protest Anthems: Myanmar’s Coup Inspires the Art of Defiance," 17 Feb. 2021 Pour evenly over the crackers and, using a spatula, spread to cover evenly. Bake immediately. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Homemade crackers 2.0: They’re not just for cheese boards anymore," 12 Feb. 2021 Slowly bring the mixture to a very low boil, stirring constantly (a silicone spatula works well for this); this should take 10 to 15 minutes. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "2 ways to whip up a comforting batch of tapioca pudding: classic and dairy-free," 28 Jan. 2021 Using a spatula or spoon, spread a 1- to 2-inch thick layer of meringue all over the ice cream and cake, covering it completely. Washington Post, "A festive baked Alaska to end your night in a blaze of glory," 28 Dec. 2020 Keeping a close eye on the pan, cook until the crêpe is set and the bottom is lightly browned, 60 seconds or more, using a spatula to peek underneath. Lee Svitak Dean, Star Tribune, "Crepes make the morning meal delicious," 9 Sep. 2020 This wide spatula has enough surface area to envelope the whole patty, making a single flip effortless, and is perfect for keeping your onions tucked under the patty. Sunset Magazine, "If You Care at All About Burgers, You Need These 4 Essential Burger Tools," 25 Jan. 2021 Add eggs and cook, stirring constantly with rubber spatula, until eggs are partially set. Taylor Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Classic Omelet and Greens," 22 Dec. 2020

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Spatula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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