tea·spoon | \ ˈtē-ˌspün , -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

Meanwhile, in medium bowl, combine butter, honey, hot sauce and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Corn Wheels with Hot Honey Butter," 26 June 2018 Top each with 1 teaspoon peanut butter, then the remaining batter. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins," 5 Mar. 2018 Transfer corn to a platter and brush each ear with about 1 teaspoon herbed butter. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Classic Herbed Butter Grilled Corn," 14 May 2011 Add bell pepper, onion, asparagus and ½ teaspoon salt; sauté about 5 minutes until vegetables soften. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 Cook, stirring, about 5 minutes until mixture somewhat thickens, then add 1 teaspoon salt, the brown lentils, red lentils and chickpeas. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 Whisk: In a large saucepan, heat milk and ¼ teaspoon salt to a boil. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "Grits cakes make crispy cushion for spicy shrimp," 9 July 2018 Combine zest with the chili powder, brown sugar, thyme, cumin, chipotle powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a small bowl. Susan Selasky, charlotteobserver, "Celebrate the Fourth with minimal fuss, maximum flavor," 3 July 2018 Add ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper to taste and toss to coat. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Everything you need to know about using a charcoal grill," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of teaspoon

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


tea·spoon | \ ˈtē-ˌspün \

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)


tea·spoon | \ ˈtē-ˌspün, -ˈspün \

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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