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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The general rule is about one teaspoon of loose-leaf tea per 1 cup of water; for large quantities, aim for 1 to 1½ ounces of tea per gallon of water. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Sip your way through summer with a batch of homemade iced tea," 12 June 2018 Use a commercial cleanser or a solution of one teaspoon of bleach in a quart of water to clean kitchen surfaces. New York Times, "How to Minimize the Risk of Food Poisoning," 28 May 2018 Apply one teaspoon to one tablespoon of nitrogen-rich fertilizer about once every other week from late April or early May into June. Kym Pokorny, OregonLive.com, "How do you grow your own hops for home brewing?," 7 Jan. 2018 Just one teaspoon of chopped fresh rosemary lends explosive flavor to these quick-frying potato chips. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Crispy Rosemary Potato Chips," 27 Jan. 2011 When ready to use, reheat with one tablespoon olive oil.) 3.Meanwhile, put the Brussels sprouts in a bowl and add the remaining 11/2 tablespoons olive oil and one teaspoon of the balsamic vinegar. Georgeanne Brennan, House Beautiful, "Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Onions Recipe," 12 Sep. 2010 Start with a one to 10 ratio of ginger oil to vaseline, Dr. Madan advises — that's about seven or so drops of oil per teaspoon of petroleum jelly. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use Ginger Oil for Swelling and Inflammation, According to a Dermatologist," 15 Jan. 2019 Place a teaspoon of marmalade on a cold saucer, and run a finger through the jam. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and, using a teaspoon, hollow out each half, transferring the insides to a cutting board; chop. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Mediterranean Zucchini Boats with Kefir-Mint Topping," 25 Oct. 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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