ta·​ble·​spoon | \ ˈtā-bəl-ˌspün How to pronounce tablespoon (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Take out the bowl and scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the mixture and quickly roll it into a ball with your hands. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Chocolate Raspberry Truffles," 5 Feb. 2020 The addition of a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa is unusual – at least on the surface. oregonlive, "20 Super Bowl chili recipes: Which one is right for you?," 29 Jan. 2020 Add about a tablespoon of oil and sear the backstrap on one side in the pan. Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, "7 Rules for the Greatest Venison Backstrap of Your Life," 29 Jan. 2020 Mix one tablespoon of scent-free liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of cold water. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "3 Easy Ways to Get Blood Out of Carpet, According to a Cleaning Expert," 29 Jan. 2020 If not, incorporate a tablespoon more creme fraiche. Cathy Barrow, Washington Post, "Build a better breakfast sandwich with this homemade turkey sausage patty," 28 Jan. 2020 In the same skillet, melt remaining 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "A seafood pie for the feast," 20 Dec. 2019 Add about 1 tablespoon of the brussels sprouts mixture. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your holiday feast just got more exciting with these recipes from Wisconsin chefs," 17 Dec. 2019 As little as a tablespoon can lead to problems for your cat or dog. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "10 Christmas hazards all pet owners should be aware of," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of tablespoon

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tablespoon was in 1741

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9 Feb 2020

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“Tablespoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce tablespoon (audio) \

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 How to pronounce tablespoon (audio) \

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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