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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Several countries, in the name of combating plastic pollution in the ocean, have begun banning various plastic products: utensils, bottles, and bags that often get thrown away after one use. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why Starbucks, Disney, and the EU are all shunning plastic straws," 24 Oct. 2018 In any case, this genius utensil holder is a thoughtful and totally practical gift for any home cook. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Utensil Holder Is Also A Handy Tablet Stand," 11 Dec. 2018 In lieu of disposable paper plates and utensils, opt for unique, vintage platters and serving dishes. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 Her mother, Chiquitta Clemons-Howard, told Alabama Local that an employee apparently had tried to charge 50 cents for plastic utensils. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "Chikesia Clemons Found Guilty After Violent Waffle House Arrest," 25 July 2018 Frequently spread by droplets via coughing and sneezing, group A Strep can also hide on doorknobs, plates and utensils for hours. Meera Senthilingam And Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Health agency warns UK parents as scarlet fever cases soar," 27 Mar. 2018 Replace plastic bottles and utensils with metal ones. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why Starbucks, Disney, and the EU are all shunning plastic straws," 24 Oct. 2018 Clean all surfaces and utensils that come into contact with food before using again or storing. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Will washing produce protect us from E. coli? No, experts says," 24 Apr. 2018 But a fountain pen always seemed like a utensil too far. Ross Mccammon, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the $2 Pen That Got Me into Fountain Pens," 5 Dec. 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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