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 The utensil for picking up your caviar should either be a mother of pearl spoon or a wooden spoon—no other material. Glamour, 8 Oct. 2021 Our Place's versatile cooking utensil is quite literally changing the way people cook. Alex Warner, PEOPLE.com, 8 Oct. 2021 One curious example is a metal utensil with a long and slender neck and a shallow, circular scoop at the end. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 For the last 20 minutes, James has been spearing that tiny utensil into an open jar of olives, holding it up to his mouth, and popping the small salt bombs inside. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 19 Aug. 2021 Consider this silicone utensil set, complete with a basting brush, medium spatula, small spatula, and spoon that all arrives in an elegant stoneware crock. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 22 June 2021 The stainless steel utensil set ($25) includes everything needed for a great outdoor dinner party, from a fork, spoon, knife, to chopsticks, straw with a silicone tip, and straw cleaning brush. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 5 June 2021 Make breakfast for the entire family with one kitchen utensil. Daria Smith, Southern Living, 3 June 2021 Some diners mold a bit into a utensil for scooping up other food. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2021

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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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“Utensil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utensil. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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