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 Brush border with egg and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Peach Galette," 1 Apr. 2020 Top each breast with 2 tablespoons warm marinara sauce and sprinkle with basil. NBC News, "How to make crispy chicken parmesan in your air fryer," 16 Jan. 2020 Step 6 Combine the heavy cream and the remaining 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar in the bowl that has been chilled. Olga Massov, Washington Post, "Banana, dulce de leche and a press-in crust: There’s every reason to make this banoffee pie," 16 Dec. 2019 To prepare compote: Mix 2 tablespoons sugar with 2 teaspoons cornstarch in a small saucepan. Romney Steele,, "EatingWell: It’s easy to feel festive making this pomegranate parfait," 12 Dec. 2019 Grease the sides and bottom of the skillet with 1 tablespoon of butter. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Three new spins on traditional Turkey Day side dishes," 18 Nov. 2019 Beat cream and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Fruit and Nut Trifle," 30 Oct. 2019 In a small saucepan, combine plums, 1 to 3 tablespoons sugar (this depends on how sweet your plums are), cinnamon, honey and rosemary sprig, if using. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "This French plum tart is a bit on the shy side," 11 Sep. 2018 Brush cod with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. NBC News, "Cod with warm tabbouleh salad: A Mediterranean dish you can make in your Instant Pot," 17 Mar. 2020

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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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5 Apr 2020

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“Tablespoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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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