tablespoon

noun

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

Example Sentences

She carefully measured the flour with a tablespoon. Add two tablespoons of flour. The recipe calls for four tablespoons of milk.
Recent Examples on the Web In the same Dutch oven, heat one additional tablespoon olive oil. Mimi Vu, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2022 Also delicious this week—and a reprieve from all the spectacle—was a functional tattoo handy for measuring a teaspoon and tablespoon. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 21 Oct. 2022 Most often, only a tablespoon or so is added to the batter but, as the alcohol evaporates during baking, what remains is the essence of that liqueur or spirit. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2022 These begin with a strong coffee syrup, but very little of it — just a tablespoon in all. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 9 Dec. 2020 In just five minutes, using only a tablespoon of salt, the device can produce enough chlorine to disinfect 200 liters of water. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 28 Apr. 2020 Continue until satiny peaks begin to form; gradually beat in sugar a tablespoon at a time until meringue is stiff and shiny. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Oct. 2022 For an average-size cake, adding a tablespoon of a brandy tends to add a subtle, sophisticated note. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2022 Some folks use a tablespoon or two of peanut butter for sweetness, earthiness and to thicken the sauce. Robin Miller, USA TODAY, 24 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tablespoon was in 1741

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Cite this Entry

“Tablespoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tablespoon. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

tablespoon

noun
ta·​ble·​spoon ˈtā-bəl-ˌspün How to pronounce tablespoon (audio)
1
: a large spoon used especially for serving food
2
: a unit of measure used in cooking equal to frac::1/2 fluid ounce (about 15 milliliters)

Medical Definition

tablespoon

noun
ta·​ble·​spoon ˈtā-bəl-ˌspün How to pronounce tablespoon (audio)
: a unit of measure equal to 4 fluid drams or ¹/₂ fluid ounce or 15 milliliters

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