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 To cook the Yorkshire puddings, add a tablespoon of rendered fish fat or ghee to each hole of a 12-hole muffin tray and place in the hot oven for 10–12 minutes to heat the oil to a haze. Josh Niland, Robb Report, 7 Sep. 2021 Some folks add a tablespoon of coffee to their gravy. Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2021 Also add a tablespoon of flour, and the result will be pie that can be eaten with a fork. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Aug. 2021 Then add one tablespoon to the bottom of the glass and add your beer. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 10 Mar. 2021 While the mixture is still running on a medium speed, add one tablespoon at the time of the pudding mixture, making sure it's nicely incorporated with the butter before proceeding to add another one. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 17 Aug. 2021 Cornell recommends checking for larvae by creating a solution of enough water to cover your berries, adding one tablespoon of salt for each cup of water and waiting about 15 minutes to see if anything crawls out. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 28 May 2021 In a bowl, toss arugula with oil, remaining tablespoon of lemon juice and a pinch each of salt and pepper, then toss with Parmesan. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 10 Aug. 2021 Sorry, but a tablespoon of beans does not equal enough protein. SELF, 5 Aug. 2021

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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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21 Sep 2021

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“Tablespoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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 : tablespoonful
: 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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