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 Fluff the rice with a rice paddle or rubber spatula again, and stir in the rice vinegar, sugar, if using, and salt. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 The pan also comes with a few extras, including hot grips and a wooden spatula. Jake Smith, Glamour, 5 Apr. 2022 And then there’s this ultrasonic exfoliating skin spatula from Essia. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 26 Apr. 2022 Stored in a protective case, this set comes with a stainless steel spatula, fork, tongs, basting brush, grill brush, salt and pepper shakers, eight corn holders and four skewers. Annie O’sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 20 Apr. 2022 Apply a thin layer to the entire vase with a silicone spatula and let dry completely. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Apr. 2022 When butter is foaming, gently scrape egg base into pan and, using back of spatula, spread into an even circle. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Mar. 2022 Then the tortilla is carefully peeled off with a thin spatula. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Mar. 2022 Before turning, run a spatula under the fish to make sure that the fillets aren’t sticking, Turn and cook for 1-2 minutes on the other side, until fish can be flaked with a fork. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Spatula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for spatula


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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