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.
Recent Examples on the Web Stir in whole hazelnuts and ¼ teaspoon salt until nuts are coated in caramel. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 2 Aug. 2022 In a bowl, whisk 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 ½ tablespoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1 tablespoon sugar. Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, 29 July 2022 Add the shallots, bell pepper and ½ teaspoon salt to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Leanne Brown, CNN, 4 May 2022 Season fishes’ cavities with salt, pepper and ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes each. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 6 July 2022 Whisk in the egg yolks, lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until blended. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 June 2022 To make a homemade version, whir 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder in a food processor until finely ground to powder. Casey Barber, CNN, 12 Dec. 2021 In a mixing bowl, combine flour, cumin, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon fine salt, and whisk to combine. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 29 July 2021 Pumpkin Patches & More suggests cleaning the surface of the pumpkin and the interior with a teaspoon of bleach per one quart of water. Madison Alcedo, Woman's Day, 7 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of teaspoon

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Aug 2022

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“Teaspoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teaspoon. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for teaspoon


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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