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
Recent Examples on the Web Plenty of utensils so no one has to reuse or share. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "My husband and I can’t seem to agree on whether we’ll to stay hunkered down," 16 May 2020 Knowing the precise location of all utensils is clearly my responsibility as a member of this household. Adam Grant, New York Times, "How Not to Apologize in Quarantine," 8 May 2020 Since most rice cooker pots are nonstick, using the plastic rice paddle is recommended instead of any metal utensils that can scratch the bottom or sides. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, "Exactly How to Make Rice in a Rice Cooker," 21 Apr. 2020 At the start of each day everyone gets one plate and one bowl and a set of utensils. Sunset Magazine, "How to Cook for a Family During Quarantine: A Kitchen Survival Guide with Recipes," 2 Apr. 2020 Two subsets of the checklist also go through proper usage and storage of utensils, and there's even a list of rules describing how food is allowed to be stored and shelved, not to mention how it's prepared. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Sanitizing to stop the coronavirus? Louisville restaurants have already been doing that," 10 Mar. 2020 Perfect to tote to a party as a hostess gift, the set of three cheese utensils includes a knife, spreader and slicer. Jessica Migala, NBC News, "18 last-minute gift ideas for anyone left on your holiday list," 16 Dec. 2019 Galaxy's Edge versions of these hybrid utensils were selling on eBay for $30-$76. azcentral, "Smugglers run: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge visitors are snatching, reselling items on Ebay," 26 June 2019 But don’t worry, Hale is here to speak the gospel of this under-utilised utensil to the world. Lauren Le Vine, refinery29.com, "Toy Story 4’s Forky Is The Unlikely Hero Of 2019," 20 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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The first known use of utensil was in the 14th century

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31 May 2020

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“Utensil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utensil. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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