spat·​u·​la ˈspa-chə-lə How to pronounce spatula (audio)
: 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 Use a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula to stir the dough 15 times; this number of stirs incorporates the buttermilk without over-mixing. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 24 Nov. 2023 Its products include mayonnaise, oil, salt, hot sauce and pasta sauce, as well as merchandise such as hoodies and spatulas. Kamaron Leach, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2023 Gently mix with a spatula or wooden spoon until everything is evenly incorporated. The View, ABC News, 22 Nov. 2023 Turn the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally with a heatproof spatula, until the mixture is at the soft ball stage (240 degrees), about 8 minutes. Genevieve Ko, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2023 First, use the small spatula provided to scoop the balm out of the jar. Larry Stansbury, Essence, 14 Nov. 2023 Scrape the cake batter into the prepared baking pan, then smooth the top with a spatula. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Oct. 2023 The nonstick pan is oven-safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and comes with a steamer basket, a colander, a beechwood spatula that nests on the pan, and a steam release lid. Dhara Patel, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2023 Run a knife around the cake: By running a knife or offset spatula around the cake before cooling, the cake will shrink in from the sides of the pan instead of cracking in the center. Micah A Leal, Southern Living, 2 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Late Latin, spoon, spatula — more at epaulet

First Known Use

1525, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spatula was in 1525

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Cite this Entry

“Spatula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


spat·​u·​la ˈspach-ə-lə How to pronounce spatula (audio)
: an instrument with a thin flexible blade used especially for spreading or mixing soft substances or lifting

Medical Definition


spat·​u·​la ˈspach-(ə-)lə How to pronounce spatula (audio)
: a flat thin instrument for spreading or mixing soft substances, scooping, lifting, or scraping

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