[kuhl-uh n-der, kol-]


a metal or plastic container with a perforated bottom, for draining and straining foods.


Nearby words

  1. cola,
  2. cola nut,
  3. colacobiosis,
  4. colada,
  5. colamine,
  6. colat.,
  7. colatina,
  8. colatitude,
  9. colbath,
  10. colbert

Also cullender.

Origin of colander

1400–50; late Middle English colyndore, perhaps (with nasalization) < Old Provençal colador < Medieval Latin cōlātōrium, equivalent to Latin cōlā(re) to strain (verbal derivative of cōlum strainer) + -tōrium -tory2

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British Dictionary definitions for colander




a pan with a perforated bottom for straining or rinsing foods

Word Origin for colander

C14 colyndore, probably from Old Provençal colador, via Medieval Latin, from Late Latin cōlāre to filter, from Latin cōlum sieve

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Word Origin and History for colander



mid-14c., coloundour, probably altered from Medieval Latin colatorium "strainer" (with parasitic -n-) from Latin colatus, past participle of colare "to strain," from colum "sieve, strainer, wicker fishing net," of uncertain origin. Cognate with French couloir, Spanish colador, Italian colatojo.

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