teaspoon

noun
tea·​spoon | \ ˈtē-ˌspün How to pronounce teaspoon (audio) , -ˈspün \

Definition of teaspoon

1 : a small spoon that is used especially for eating soft foods and stirring beverages and that holds about one third of a tablespoon
2 : a unit of measure especially in cookery equal to ¹/₆ fluid ounce or ¹/₃ tablespoon (5 milliliters)

Examples of teaspoon in a Sentence

She stirred her coffee with a teaspoon. He measured the salt with a teaspoon. She put a teaspoon of sugar in her coffee.
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Recent Examples on the Web Add 4 cups water and ¼ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Rahaf Al Bochi, CNN, 1 Sep. 2021 Add butter, granulated sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pulse until well combined, 5 to 7 times. Marian Cooper Cairns, Country Living, 24 Aug. 2021 Drizzle with 1/2 tablespoon oil and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Taylor Murray, Good Housekeeping, 18 Aug. 2021 In the same bowl, whisk the remaining coconut milk, the lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon salt, then drizzle over the corn. BostonGlobe.com, 27 July 2021 Brush peach halves with 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 Top with the remaining kale, drizzle with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil and season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Taylor Murray, Good Housekeeping, 18 Aug. 2021 After that, add a quarter cup of liquid castile soap, one teaspoon of lemon juice and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. oregonlive, 21 July 2021 According to Apartment Therapy, fill a spray bottle with two cups of water, one teaspoon of hair conditioner, and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 1 July 2021

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First Known Use of teaspoon

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of teaspoon was in 1686

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21 Sep 2021

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“Teaspoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teaspoon. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for teaspoon

teaspoon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of teaspoon

: a small spoon that is used especially for eating soft foods and stirring drinks
: a spoon that is used by cooks for measuring dry and liquid ingredients and that holds an amount equal to ¹/₆ fluid ounce or ¹/₃ tablespoon
: the amount that a teaspoon will hold : teaspoonful

teaspoon

noun
tea·​spoon | \ ˈtē-ˌspün How to pronounce teaspoon (audio) \

Kids Definition of teaspoon

1 : a small spoon used especially for stirring drinks
2 : a unit of measure used in cooking equal to ¹/₆ fluid ounce or ¹/₃ tablespoon (about 5 milliliters)

teaspoon

noun
tea·​spoon | \ ˈtē-ˌspün, -ˈspün How to pronounce teaspoon (audio) \

Medical Definition of teaspoon

: a unit of measure equal to ¹/₆ fluid ounce or ¹/₃ tablespoon or 5 milliliters

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