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

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
Recent Examples on the Web No plans to sell the chopstick device or any utensil using the technology have been shared. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 19 Apr. 2022 Every plate, every utensil, every item of cutlery has been carefully studied and sourced by the chef to help harness his exact intention with each course. Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 There's a 20-piece flatware set that's marked down from $20 to $10, which comes out to just 50 cents per utensil. Isabel Garcia, PEOPLE.com, 1 Sep. 2021 Once the oil has absorbed, buff the utensil with a cloth before using, or apply a second coat for an extra-shiny finish if desired. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Jan. 2022 Ahmad Ramy, the father, said the family brought only one object on their journey across Turkey into Greece and then to Rome: a metal utensil for scooping and shaping falafel. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2021 Her chewy southern accent and aloof composure sketch out a sufficient backstory for a character who is basically a narrative utensil. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2021 This circular metal utensil, with tightly wound coils, prevents anything uninvited appearing in your cocktail. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 15 Oct. 2021 The utensil for picking up your caviar should either be a mother of pearl spoon or a wooden spoon—no other material. Glamour, 8 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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“Utensil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utensil. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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