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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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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Another seven kinds of plastic, ranging from the types used in utensils and shopping bags to those used in automotive parts and electronics, showed up at much lower frequencies across some of the eight people’s poop. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Plastic found in the poop of eight people from eight different countries," 24 Oct. 2018 Businesses can use compostable utensils, straws, and cocktail picks. BostonGlobe.com, "No more plastic straws in Seattle," 2 July 2018 Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Roaches in oven, sewage on floor, flies in the fries. These restaurants are in trouble," 21 June 2018 The Work apron has two front pockets big enough to fit at least four utensils. Bryan Rogala, Outside Online, "10 Products That Will Turn You Into a Grill Master," 13 July 2018 Seattle is believed to be the first major U.S. city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in food service, according to Seattle Public Utilities. CBS News, "Seattle becomes first U.S. city to ban plastic utensils and straws," 2 July 2018 Also banned are plastic utensils in a push to reduce marine plastic pollution. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., chicagotribune.com, "Seattle becomes first major U.S. city to ban straws," 2 July 2018 Then: the combine interview process, whether Jaren Jackson Jr. can sell you a pen, and what type of utensil Lonnie Walker Jr. would be. Andrew Sharp And Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Why Are NBA Teams Sleeping on Trae Young?," 20 June 2018 TimesOC The Sierra Club hopes Newport Beach restaurants will cut their use of single-use plastic utensils and food and drink containers to help keep the non-biodegradable items out of the ocean. Timesoc, latimes.com, "TimesOC: Can a rising Democratic tide capture critical U.S. House seats?," 20 June 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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