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 Add more, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture comes together. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Leaning In: Chef Jenn Ross on highlighting Black excellence," 8 Sep. 2020 If the stain remains, mix 1 tablespoon ammonia with ½ cup water – skip this step for wool or silk carpets. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "How to Remove Mascara Stains from Pretty Much Anything," 8 June 2020 Continue to feed your starter daily and described in the previous two steps—remove most of the starter, add that to the discard pile in the refrigerator and feed the remaining tablespoon of starter fresh flour and water—40 grams of each. Lindsay Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Top Chefs Share What They Are Cooking While in Isolation," 8 Apr. 2020 Use a tablespoon to make small balls (about 1 ounce each). Xavier Cousens, WSJ, "Readers’ Favorite Summer Recipes," 4 Sep. 2020 To serve, spread a tablespoon of pesto on a lettuce leaf; add two balls and top with more pesto, to taste. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Meat-free quinoa balls are a healthy alternative," 3 Sep. 2020 Dollop tablespoon-size spoonfuls of ricotta on top, then sprinkle with mozzarella and bacon. Ashley Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "White Pie With Bacon," 24 Aug. 2020 Less than a tablespoon of pure methanol (10 milliliters) can kill you. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Tainted sanitizers and bootleg booze are poisoning people," 19 Aug. 2020 When the rice is almost done, heat the remaining tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Braised chicken thighs and other weeknight possibilities," 7 June 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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20 Sep 2020

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“Tablespoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 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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