uten·sil | \ yu̇-ˈten(t)-səl , 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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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of utensil in a Sentence

participants in the class must supply their own writing utensils

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The movement pays particular attention to the harm that discarded straws and utensils cause to marine life. Claire Wolters, Philly.com, "Twitter can't agree on Starbucks' straw ban," 12 July 2018 Seattle Public Utilities exempted plastic utensils and straws due to a lack of compostable alternatives. Sarah Wu, The Seattle Times, "Q&A: Seattle’s plastic straw ban now in effect; here’s what you need to know," 3 July 2018 Thompson began throwing utensils and sauces around the restaurant while yelling racial slurs at the staff. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Woman 'trashes' restaurant, hit owner's car after receiving wrong food order," 25 June 2018 The co-op grocery chain had eliminated plastic straws and utensils in 2015. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "The last straw? Starbucks pledges to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020," 6 July 2018 Seattle is the latest city and first large city to implement a ban on plastic straws and utensils, which takes effect July 1. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Aardvark paper straws: This Fort Wayne company has your plastic straw alternative," 24 June 2018 Starting July 1, restaurants in Seattle must stop offering plastic straws and utensils as Seattle becomes the first large city to ban such products. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent, Trump Border Order, Jacinda Ardern Baby: CEO Daily for June 21, 2018," 21 June 2018 The city of Seattle has banned plastic straws and utensils outright, too. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Zoo partnering with local bars on new straw initiative," 13 July 2018 The co-op grocery chain had eliminated plastic straws and utensils in 2015. Benjamin Romano, Anchorage Daily News, "The last straw? Starbucks pledges to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020," 9 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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