tablespoon

noun
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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Put 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. David Tanis, The Seattle Times, "A humble feast begins with lentils," 7 Jan. 2019 Toss shrimp with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Charred Shrimp and Avocado Salad," 21 Dec. 2018 Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Caramelized Onion Dip with Crispy Shallots," 5 Nov. 2018 Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest Leek Soup Recipe Is Also the Best," 29 Oct. 2018 Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons oil evenly onto a 18-by-13 inch (46-by-33 cm) rimmed baking sheet. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Samin Nosrat Wants Viewers to Cook What They See on Her New Netflix Show, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," 19 Oct. 2018 Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large oven-safe skillet on medium-high. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Creamy Thyme Chicken with Sautéed Apples and Mushrooms," 9 Oct. 2018 In large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, and gochujang. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "No-Cook Shrimp Rolls," 21 Dec. 2018 Using a spoon, drop the Blue Majik cream, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, randomly over the cake, leaving about one third of the Blue Majik cream remaining in the bowl. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Here’s How to Make 2018’s Most-Googled Food," 12 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tablespoon.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of tablespoon

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about tablespoon

Share tablespoon

Statistics for tablespoon

Last Updated

12 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for tablespoon

The first known use of tablespoon was in 1741

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for tablespoon

tablespoon

noun

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

tablespoon

noun
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)

tablespoon

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on tablespoon

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with tablespoon

Spanish Central: Translation of tablespoon

Nglish: Translation of tablespoon for Spanish Speakers

Comments on tablespoon

What made you want to look up tablespoon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

tremendous in size, volume, or degree

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!