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

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For example, a deep drawer can be used to store pots and pants or serving dishes, while a shallow drawer on top keeps wooden spoons, ladles, and other utensils organized. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Just Right," 11 Feb. 2019 As well as San Francisco and Seattle, several smaller West Coast cities including the likes of Malibu have banned plastic straws and utensils. Chris Irvine, Fox News, "Santa Barbara backpedals on jail time for plastic straw offenders," 27 July 2018 Meanwhile, companies such as Ikea and SeaWorld have announced plans to ban all single-use straws and utensils from their properties. Lou Bustamante, SFChronicle.com, "With plastic straws on way out, Bay Area bartenders face paper straw shortage," 19 June 2018 Starbucks Corporation plans to eliminate plastic straws from its 28,000 worldwide locations by 2020, following its hometown of Seattle’s recent ban on plastic straws and utensils last week. Marie Salcido, Sunset, "Starbucks Just Got Environmentally Friendlier," 22 Jan. 2018 Her kitchen has outlived her: My cousin Alexa has its contents — down to the least serviceable utensil — in her house in Baltimore. Elizabeth Gilbert, Good Housekeeping, "Cook's Heaven," 6 Mar. 2012 The city passed a ban on single-use disposable food-service items back in 2008, but utensils and straws were exempted until the market matured to provide affordable and effective alternatives. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent, Trump Border Order, Jacinda Ardern Baby: CEO Daily for June 21, 2018," 21 June 2018 The searches are unnecessary, Cunningham has argued, because sheriff's deputies supervise kitchen workers during their work, and staff account for all utensils and equipment following each shift. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Group strip searches of Multnomah County inmates is subject of appeal before federal panel," 8 May 2018 Items up for grabs range from cups and tumblers, to serving utensils and salt and pepper shakers. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Your Old Tupperware May Be Worth a Lot More Than You Think," 13 Feb. 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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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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