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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Bring a dish from one of Dorie Greenspan’s books ready to eat and with a serving utensil. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 5 July 2019 Procedure Ask your helper to click one stainless steel utensil against another. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "What Do You Hear Underwater?," 27 June 2019 The items coming up for sale here on earth, range from eating utensils to mementos from the rides. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Disneyland Visitors Smuggling Out Pieces of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Land, Selling Them on eBay," 27 June 2019 Always use separate cutting boards and utensils for raw meat and make sure to wash them in hot soapy water after use. Angela Davis, Washington Post, "Turn to these food safety tips the next time you grill — for your most successful cookout yet," 20 June 2019 Like extra bags, a deck of cards, and eating utensils. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Road trip essentials: Clean utensils and a deck of cards?," 16 June 2018 In that room on a recent day, a 7-year-old girl ate spaghetti for lunch using the end of a plastic coat hanger as a utensil. CNN, "Estimating departures from Puerto Rico," 21 Apr. 2018 Inquiries range from what utensils and cookware to buy for your kitchen to how to qualify for a mortgage. Washington Post, "Do millennial women really need the book ‘How to Skimm Your Life’? Give us more credit.," 25 June 2019 In Duxbury, tea master Glenn Sorei Pereira presides over a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden St., using centuries-old utensils and explaining the presentation. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Free Fun Fridays’ are here," 23 June 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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