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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The Fluffiest Royal Icing Makes about five cups, enough for about five dozen small cookies 1/3 cup meringue powder 2/3 cup warm water 7 ½ cups powdered sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, or other flavoring, like coconut or almond extracts 1. Alison Roman, The Seattle Times, "‘We are all connected by cookies’: A tribe with a bond stronger than royal icing," 12 Dec. 2018 Makes 1 cocktail 2 tablespoons fresh corn kernels ¾ ounce honey ¾ ounce lemon juice 2 ounces gin 1 wheel corn cob, for garnish Instructions: Muddle corn, honey and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Sweet Corn Bee’s Knees cocktail," 11 July 2018 Calorically speaking, 1 tablespoon of regular mayonnaise is about 90 calories, with 10 grams of fat, while salad dressing is around 40 calories, with 3 to 4 grams of fat. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Here’s to the U.S. flag!," 13 June 2018 Heat the butter and 1 tablespoon of the oil together in a large skillet over medium heat. Robin Miller, azcentral, "Have a date with Netflix? Easy, healthy finger food recipes to get you through binge-worthy shows," 11 Apr. 2018 In a large, heavy saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Julie Mazziotta,, "Laila Ali Proves That Gumbo Doesn't Have to Be Unhealthy with This Lightened-Up Recipe," 23 Mar. 2018 Gradually stir egg mixture into flour mixture with a fork, just until dough begins to form a ball (add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary). Marian Cooper Cairns, Country Living, "Honey Nut Cheerio Turnovers," 4 Jan. 2018 Add in Macallan 12 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring thoroughly after each addition. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "3 Father's Day Cupcakes To Match His Favorite Drink," 14 June 2016 Meanwhile, grind granulated sugar and remaining tablespoon tea in a spice grinder until finely chopped, 15 to 30 seconds. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Chamomile-Mascarpone Tart With Fresh Strawberries," 19 Mar. 2019

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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 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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