noun uten·sil \yu̇-ˈten(t)-səl, ˈyü-ˌten(t)-\

Definition of utensil

  1. 1 :  an implement, instrument, or vessel used in a household and especially a kitchen

  2. 2 :  a useful tool or implement

Examples of utensil in a sentence

  1. participants in the class must supply their own writing utensils

Origin and Etymology of utensil

Middle English, vessels for domestic use, from Medieval French utensile, from Latin utensilia, from neuter plural of utensilis useful, from uti to use

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of utensil

implement, tool, instrument, appliance, utensil mean a relatively simple device for performing work. implement may apply to anything necessary to perform a task crude stone implements farm implements. tool suggests an implement adapted to facilitate a definite kind or stage of work and suggests the need of skill more strongly than implement a carpenter's tools. instrument suggests a device capable of delicate or precise work the dentist's instruments. appliance refers to a tool or instrument utilizing a power source and suggests portability or temporary attachment household appliances. utensil applies to a device used in domestic work or some routine unskilled activity kitchen utensils.

UTENSIL Defined for English Language Learners


noun uten·sil \yu̇-ˈten(t)-səl, ˈyü-ˌten(t)-\

Definition of utensil for English Language Learners

  • : a simple and useful device that is used for doing tasks in a person's home and especially in the kitchen

UTENSIL Defined for Kids


noun uten·sil \yu̇-ˈten-səl\

Definition of utensil for Students

  1. 1 :  a tool or container used in a home and especially a kitchen

  2. 2 :  a useful tool

Word Root of utensil

The Latin word ūtī, meaning “to use,” “to possess,” or “to enjoy,” and its form ūsus give us the roots ut and us. Words from the Latin ūtī have something to do with use. To use is to possess and enjoy. To abuse is to use something incorrectly or unfairly. Anything usual is commonly used by many people. A utensil is a tool that is used for a particular purpose, especially for eating or cooking.

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