Definition of utensil
1 : an implement, instrument, or vessel used in a household and especially a kitchen
2 : a useful tool or implement
Examples of utensil in a Sentence
participants in the class must supply their own writing utensils
Recent Examples of utensil from the Web
SKEUOMORPH: An ornament or design representing a utensil or implement.
Common violations include food not being kept at the right temperature to cooks not properly cleaning their hands and utensils.
Almost everything at Noma Tulum was made in Mexico -- the tables, the chairs, the dishes, the utensils -- and all of it will be sold off when the run is over.
Baby forks and spoons are perfect miniature utensils.
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Origin and Etymology of utensil
Middle English, vessels for domestic use, from Middle French utensile, from Latin utensilia, from neuter plural of utensilis useful, from uti to use
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of utensil
UTENSIL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of utensil for English Language Learners
: a simple and useful device that is used for doing tasks in a person's home and especially in the kitchen
UTENSIL Defined for Kids
Definition of utensil for Students
1 : a tool or container used in a home and especially a kitchen
2 : a useful tool
Word Root of utensil
The Latin word ūtī, meaning “to use,” “to possess,” or “to enjoy,” and its form ūsus give us the roots ut and us. Words from the Latin ūtī have something to do with use. To use is to possess and enjoy. To abuse is to use something incorrectly or unfairly. Anything usual is commonly used by many people. A utensil is a tool that is used for a particular purpose, especially for eating or cooking.
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