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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Press about 1 tablespoon of dough around each mint wafer, covering it completely. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Mints go from trash to treasured cookies," 13 July 2018 Crush berries slightly while stirring in remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "When Eton mess gives you extra yolks, whip them up into ice cream," 10 July 2018 Berry Buckle Ingredients 2 1/2 cups berries 1 tablespoon sugar Muffin or vanilla cake mix My grandmother always insisted that leftover fruit cobbler was a breakfast food. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "5 Legit Breakfast Recipes for Camp," 21 June 2018 Alcohol option: add vodka Ingredients: ½ cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves 2 tablespoons sugar ½ cup fresh lime juice (from about 8 limes) 2 bottles ginger beer Fresh basil, for garnish Combine basil leaves and sugar in a pitcher. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "This Louisville kid runs one of the nation's sweetest lemonade stands," 14 June 2018 Brush edges of dough and stars with egg and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Kristina Kurek, Country Living, "Mini Stars Berry Pies," 13 June 2018 Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Alison Roman, The Cut, "Forget Engagement Chicken. Meet Breakup Steak.," 6 June 2018 Pour about 3 tablespoons of oil into a (10- to 12-inch) heavy-bottom skillet. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "How to turn regular root vegetables into savory, crispy pancakes," 10 May 2018 The new Soom Foods Squeeze Packs, which offer two portable tablespoons of tahini, are available in 12- and 24-packs at and on Amazon. Grace Dickinson,, "Meet the Philly women looking to take tahini beyond hummus," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tablespoon

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Sep 2018

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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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