[ grey-ter ]


  1. a person or thing that grates. grate.
  2. any of various kitchen devices for grating grate grating food:

    a cheese grater.


/ ˈɡreɪtə /


  1. a kitchen utensil with sharp-edged perforations for grating carrots, cheese, etc
  2. a person or thing that grates

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Word History and Origins

Origin of grater1

1400–50; late Middle English. See grate 2, -er 1

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Example Sentences

Cut the orange in half through its equator and, using a microplane or fine grater, zest one half.

We use the old-style "knuckle-buster" metal box grater, but we turn it on its side.

Then, with a handheld grater or the grating attachment of a food processor, shred the potatoes.

Pots, pans, graters, presses, measuring utensils are everywhere, and every surface — including the surrounding floor — is littered with slops, spills, skins, peels, etc.

Stocking Stuffers: Under $25 Microplane grater  Every year I lead off with this, and why not?

I have to admit that in the beginning of my potato pancake-making career, I used a box grater.

If you do not have a food processor, grate by hand on a box grater.

More like the noise of powdering an iron bar on a nutmeg-grater, suggested Brittle.

And as all the others had the obvious things—such as a nutmeg-grater or a neck of mutton, or a nomlette—my five won easily.

To prepare an onion in this way, peel it, cut off a crosswise slice, and then grate the onion on a grater over a shallow dish.

Then Lockley looked down at the cheese grater-pocket radio device of his own manufacture.

For his purpose he carried the strangest of equipment, a device made of a pocket radio and a cheese grater.