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 1 teaspoon oil to wok after meat and vegetables have been removed. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Enjoy this savory pepper steak that takes only minutes to cook," 17 Sep. 2020 Whisk flour, breadcrumbs, Cajun seasoning and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt together in shallow bowl. Staff Reports Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Recipe: Fried Green Tomato BLT Sandwich With Pickled Pepper Mayo," 16 Sep. 2020 On large rimmed baking sheet, toss shallots with oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Roast Turkey Breast," 10 Sep. 2020 But if, like my husband and daughter, your poundcake desires skew denser, use ½ teaspoon. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "The Poundcake of Your Dreams," 21 Aug. 2020 On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss radishes with oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Hot Honey-Roasted Salmon and Radishes," 30 Apr. 2020 On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss potatoes, olives, and thyme with 2 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Mediterranean Chicken Bake," 20 Aug. 2018 For the pork: Combine the pork, red onion, bell pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, garlic, oregano, rosemary, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper in a large (1-gallon) plastic storage bag. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Ina Garten’s Pork Souvlaki with Radish Tzatziki," 2 Sep. 2020 Add corn syrup, rum, salt, 1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla to pan; stir to combine. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "Kelly Fields' Bread Pudding with Caramel-Rum Sauce," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of teaspoon

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Sep 2020

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“Teaspoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teaspoon. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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teaspoon

noun
How to pronounce teaspoon (audio)

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

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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