teaspoon

noun

tea·​spoon ˈtē-ˌspün How to pronounce teaspoon (audio)
-ˈspün
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)

Example Sentences

She stirred her coffee with a teaspoon. He measured the salt with a teaspoon. She put a teaspoon of sugar in her coffee.
Recent Examples on the Web Season with remaining ½ teaspoon salt and turn mixture over with your hands to gently mix. Amy Thielen, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2022 Step 3Transfer chile paste to a food processor; add parsley, cilantro, olive oil and ½ teaspoon of the salt. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 2 Aug. 2022 Stir together sprout halves, cream, black pepper, lemon zest and lemon juice, 2½ cups of the Parmesan and remaining 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl to combine. People Staff, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2022 Step 6In large bowl, whisk together remaining eggs, milk, sour cream, nutmeg, cayenne, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; fold in onions and cheese. Joy Cho, Good Housekeeping, 12 Nov. 2022 Season with ¼ teaspoon salt and cook until golden, about 5 minutes. Amy Thielen, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2022 Stir in 1 teaspoon salt and 1 cup long-grain rice, cover, and let simmer on the lowest heat possible for 18 minutes. Ali Slagle, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Nov. 2022 In a medium-sized bowl, add 1 teaspoon salt to 1/2 cup vinegar. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Sep. 2022 Make the quinoa: In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring 1 1/2 cups water and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 31 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of teaspoon was in 1686

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Cite this Entry

“Teaspoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teaspoon. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

teaspoon

noun

tea·​spoon ˈtē-ˌspün How to pronounce teaspoon (audio)
-ˈspün
1
: a small spoon used especially for eating soft foods and stirring beverages
2
: a unit of measure used especially in cooking equal to frac::1/6 fluid ounce or frac::1/3 tablespoon (about 5 milliliters)

Medical Definition

teaspoon

noun

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

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