Dictionary.com

colander

[ kuhl-uhn-der, kol- ]
/ ˈkʌl ən dər, ˈkɒl- /
Save This Word!

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

COMPARE MEANINGS

Click for a side-by-side comparison of meanings. Use the word comparison feature to learn the differences between similar and commonly confused words.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.
Also cul·len·der [kuhl-uhn-der] /ˈkʌl ən dər/ .

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH colander

calendar, calender, colander

Words nearby colander

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use colander in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for colander

colander

cullender

/ (ˈkɒləndə, ˈkʌl-) /

noun
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK