ta·​ble·​spoon | \ˈtā-bəl-ˌspün \

Definition of tablespoon 

1 : a large spoon used especially for serving

2 : a unit of measure used especially in cookery equal to ¹/₂ fluid ounce (15 milliliters)

Examples of tablespoon in a Sentence

She carefully measured the flour with a tablespoon. Add two tablespoons of flour. The recipe calls for four tablespoons of milk.
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Add 2 tablespoons of the grapeseed oil and the garlic cloves, letting the garlic infuse the oil for about 1 minute. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 Add 1 tablespoon salt to boiling water, then in batches, cook green beans until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Green Beans with Orange and Almond Gremolata," 24 Oct. 2018 Add 1 tablespoon salt and then, in batches, cook green beans until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Green Bean and Cheddar Casserole," 23 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, melt the remaining 5 tablespoons butter in 8-inch skillet over medium heat. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Fall into this Cook’s Illustrated’s recipe: creamy cauliflower soup," 16 Oct. 2018 Hong’s recipe is simple: Whisk two eggs with a touch of milk, a tablespoon of brown sugar, and half a teaspoon of cinnamon. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "5 Legit Breakfast Recipes for Camp," 21 June 2018 Along with the onion mixture, mix 3 tablespoons harissa into the ground lamb. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Switch it up with lamb burgers instead of beef," 13 July 2018 To plate: In a small bowl, dress the watercress with the remaining lemon juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Nicole Sours Larson,, "White fish & vegetables," 9 July 2018 Melt 4 tablespoons butter in large skillet over medium. Heinz® Mayonnaise, Bon Appetit, "Not Your Average French Dip," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of tablespoon

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tablespoon

: a spoon that is used by cooks for measuring dry and liquid ingredients and that holds an amount equal to 1/2 fluid ounce or three teaspoons

: the amount that a tablespoon will hold

: a fairly large spoon that is used for serving or eating food


ta·​ble·​spoon | \ˈtā-bəl-ˌspün \

Kids Definition of tablespoon

1 : a large spoon used mostly for dishing up food

2 : a unit of measure used in cooking equal to ¹/₂ fluid ounce (about 15 milliliters)


ta·​ble·​spoon | \ˈtā-bəl-ˌspün \

Medical Definition of tablespoon 

: a unit of measure equal to 4 fluid drams or ¹/₂ fluid ounce or 15 milliliters

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