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

Spread about 2 teaspoons of olive oil evenly over hot surface. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "YMCA farm-themed camps teach where food comes from," 3 July 2018 The other half added one teaspoon of fiber to their diet, the equivalent of the natural fiber in the mango. Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "Ubiquitous mangos taste good - and are good for you, too," 29 June 2018 In a powerful moment, curators include an actual teaspoon of sugar with a spoon. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "Think you know - and love - chocolate? Well, you don't know it all," 28 June 2018 The rule-of-thumb is a generous 2 teaspoons per pound of meat. Marian Bull, GQ, "—Peter Meehan, Author Of An Upcoming Barbecue Book And Former Editor Of," 27 June 2018 Season the duck cavity with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and pepper, add 1/3 of the prepared orange peel, and truss the duck by securing the legs, wings and neck skin to the body with kitchen twine. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 In another small bowl, toss the blueberries with 1½ teaspoons of the flour mixture. Lisa Yockelson, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Every baker needs a simple blueberry cake for the summer table," 18 June 2018 Brush the surface of the dough with a teaspoon of oil. Nik Sharma, San Francisco Chronicle, "A Brown Kitchen: Paneer paratha and essential Indian flatbreads," 8 June 2018 For example, both nondairy and dairy Chunky Monkey ice creams have more than 6 teaspoons of sugar. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "The scoop on dairy-free 'ice creams'," 8 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'teaspoon.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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