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 For flatware, consider a packable set or the ultimate mobile eating utensil, the chopstick. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Sad Sack No More: Chic Portable Wares for a Better Packed Lunch," 21 Jan. 2020 All small equipment and utensils, including cutting boards, are sanitized between uses. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How sanitary is your home’s kitchen? Take the quiz based on city restaurant standards," 14 Jan. 2020 Thank You Books carries a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, as well as children’s and young adult books, stationary, writing utensils, craft kits and other assorted items. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Thank You Books opens on Crestwood Boulevard," 20 Dec. 2019 Leave out a stack of small plates, bowls, napkins and utensils, along with glasses and mugs. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Hosting guests this week? A help-yourself breakfast buffet makes things easier," 20 Dec. 2019 Berkeley, California, will start charging a 25-cent fee on single-use cups in January; Seattle has banned plastic utensils in restaurants, and dozens of cities have eliminated plastic straws, plastic bags or foam packaging. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Blue Bottle Coffee to test eliminating disposable cups and packaging," 13 Dec. 2019 Some Venezuelan children are staying home because many schools have stopped providing meals or because their parents can no longer afford uniforms, school utensils, or bus fares. BostonGlobe.com, "On the other side of the capital, in the town of Rio Chico, most of the rooms in a local school are boarded up for lack of students and teachers. When the remaining pupils arrive, they first ask the whereabouts of the school’s cook, the teachers said.," 1 Dec. 2019 Forky Asks a Question: A Toy Story 4 spinoff starring the lovable utensil, Forky. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Disney+ Shows & Movies: Get the Full Content Lineup Now," 12 Nov. 2019 Best of all, there are three additional pockets for utensils, pens, and emergency snacks. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hostess Gifts Under $50 So You Don't Show Up to Holiday Dinner Parties Empty-Handed," 4 Nov. 2019

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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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9 Feb 2020

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“Utensil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utensil. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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