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

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes and their juices, basil, the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, the vinegar, garlic, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the pepper and toss thoroughly. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "This genius sauce turns your pasta into a seasonal stunner — no matter the season," 25 Aug. 2019 With motor running on low speed, drizzle in remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and puree until mostly smooth, increasing blender speed if necessary. 3. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Zucchanoush," 2 Aug. 2019 Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to large skillet and heat until shimmering but not smoking. Ann Maloney,, "The thighs have it! Chicken pieces keep juicy flavor," 25 June 2019 Warm 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Marley Marius, Vogue, "How to Throw a Spring Party, Four Seasons Restaurant-Style," 5 May 2019 Spread bread across a baking sheet and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil and a pinch of salt. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "This Salad Is the Best Way to Use All the Vegetables You Have Right Now," 16 Aug. 2018 To serve, drizzle 1 tablespoon raspberry sauce over a brownie and garnish with a raspberry if desired. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Greek yogurt helps cut calories in these easy brownies with raspberry sauce," 11 Aug. 2019 Place the eggplant rounds in a single layer on the same baking sheet and brush both sides with the remaining 5 tablespoons olive oil. Christopher Kimball,, "Three recipes that bring out the deep flavors of eggplant," 7 Aug. 2019 Add nectarines, raspberries, and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and gently toss to combine. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Vanilla Bean Clafoutis with Raspberries and Nectarines," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of tablespoon

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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