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 Staff should change gloves after touching shared utensils, cleaning and any other action that would potentially contaminate a sterile area. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Best practices: How restaurants can safely serve food during the coronavirus outbreak," 27 Mar. 2020 White gloves, silver utensils, a heavy and starched tablecloth. Gabrielle Hamilton, New York Times, "Crepes Don’t Have to Be Fancy to Be Delicious," 25 Mar. 2020 Don’t share dishes, cups, glasses, utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, "COVID-19 symptoms: How can I tell if I’ve got the coronavirus?," 25 Mar. 2020 Kitchen: Dry sink, wooden well bucket, butter churn, farmhouse dining table and chairs or benches, utensils, washboard and countertop well pump. cleveland, "Historic artifacts needed for Cahoon Museum: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 29 Feb. 2020 Wash your hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes, and don’t share cups, utensils, towels or bedding with others in your home. cleveland, "Worried you have coronavirus but can’t get a test? Here’s what to do, who to call, and when," 18 Mar. 2020 As far as gearing up, equip it fully for camping, ready to go with cooking gear and utensils, lighting, rack straps, and cleaning supplies. Chris Dixon, Outside Online, "Read This Before Renting Your Beloved Van to Strangers," 21 Feb. 2020 The task runs like clockwork — crew members offload appetizers, the main course, drinks and utensils, largely in that order. Hillary Leung, Time, "Inside Life on the Crew Decks on Coronavirus-Stricken Diamond Princess Cruise Ship," 17 Feb. 2020 Whether stripping wood to start a fire, using it as a cooking utensil, cleaning a fish, or for any of a million other purposes, the trusty knife is an essential tool. Steve Booren, The Denver Post, "Improving Investor Behavior: The sharp knife of compound interest," 27 Oct. 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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5 Apr 2020

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“Utensil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utensil. Accessed 9 Apr. 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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