[ grey-ter ]
/ ˈgreɪ tər /


a person or thing that grates.
any of various kitchen devices for grating food: a cheese grater.

Origin of grater

1400–50; late Middle English. See grate2, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grater


/ (ˈɡreɪtə) /


a kitchen utensil with sharp-edged perforations for grating carrots, cheese, etc
a person or thing that grates
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Word Origin and History for grater



instrument for scraping (bread, ginger, etc.), late 14c., from Old French grateor, agent noun from grater (see grate (v.)).

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