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

Place the salmon on the baking sheet, season with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, and broil for 5 minutes. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Three Delicious Recipes To Fill You Up And Protect Your Heart," 10 Sep. 2019 Gently squeeze the fruit over a drinking glass, along with some coaxing with a teaspoon, to get out most of the seeds. Washington Post, "Plan now for the best tomatoes next year," 10 Sep. 2019 Thoroughly grease a 9-by-11-inch or 8-by-11-inch baking dish with 2 teaspoons of the butter. Chris Ross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Blueberry crumble is tasty gluten-free dessert," 13 Aug. 2019 Season steak with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper and grill to desired doneness, 6 to 8 minutes per side for medium-rare. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Steak with Grilled Green Beans, Fennel & Farro," 9 Aug. 2019 Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper. Joe Yonan, Twin Cities, "If you hate a dry sandwich, this delectably messy ciabatta is for you," 9 Aug. 2019 Arrange tomato slices in an even layer on a large platter; sprinkle with remaining 1⁄4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Julia Levy, Health.com, "3 Healthy Recipes for Your Summer Tomatoes," 16 July 2019 Work with a teaspoon at a time and be sure to taste with every addition. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "7 Mistakes You Might Be Making When Seasoning Your Food," 19 Apr. 2019 Sprinkle with the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, "This stunning dessert is everything you love about banana splits, but in pie form," 30 Aug. 2019

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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 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)


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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