uten·​sil | \ yu̇-ˈten(t)-səl How to pronounce utensil (audio) , ˈyü-ˌten(t)- \

Definition of utensil

1 : an implement, instrument, or vessel used in a household and especially a kitchen
2 : a useful tool or implement

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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

Examples of utensil in a Sentence

participants in the class must supply their own writing utensils
Recent Examples on the Web This month, many of us turned to handy storage solutions, including a clever Yamazaki countertop utensil organizer, to tidy up our homes ahead of spring. Caitlin Sole, Better Homes & Gardens, "10 Best Home Products Our Editors Bought in February and Swear By," 24 Feb. 2021 And after that deliciousness burns down, they’re left with a coffee-drinking utensil. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "25 gift ideas for the coffee lover in your life," 8 Dec. 2020 To amp up this gift, include a practical or unusual kitchen utensil or a cookbook with your gift certificate. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Shop local: Here are 5 gifts of experience for everyone on your holiday shopping list," 12 Nov. 2020 This 21-piece kitchen utensil set is what dreams are made of for anyone who just moved into their first dorm or apartment. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, "25 amazing gifts you can get from Walmart under $10," 3 Nov. 2020 Forks, spoons and knives come out individually with a gentle tug on the end of the utensil. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "What makes us sad and glad at reopened theme parks today," 9 Sep. 2020 Using a nonmetallic utensil like a chopstick, stick it in the jar and move in a circle around the edges to remove air bubbles. Leena Trivedi-grenier, SFChronicle.com, "Capture the best of California's peaches in preserves, with a dose of revolution," 19 Aug. 2020 At Big’s Chicken in Beaverton and Portland, many of these controls were already in place before the shutdown, with condiments, utensils, glasses and soda machines all kept out of reach. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Take a look at the future of Oregon dining," 5 June 2020 Keep cooking utensils, drinkware, cocktail ingredients, napkins, and other essentials in a convenient spot that's easily accessible when cooking or enjoying refreshments outside. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Creative Outdoor Kitchen Bar Ideas to Try Now," 26 May 2020

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First Known Use of utensil

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for utensil

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

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The first known use of utensil was in the 14th century

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“Utensil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utensil. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of utensil

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


uten·​sil | \ yu̇-ˈten-səl How to pronounce utensil (audio) \

Kids Definition of utensil

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

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