[ leyd-l ]
/ ˈleɪd l /


a long-handled utensil with a cup-shaped bowl for dipping or conveying liquids.
Metallurgy. a bucketlike, refractory-lined container for transferring molten metal.

verb (used with object), la·dled, la·dling.

to dip or convey with or as if with a ladle: to ladle soup into bowls.


Nearby words

  1. ladino,
  2. ladino clover,
  3. ladislas,
  4. ladislaus,
  5. ladislaus i,
  6. ladle out,
  7. ladleful,
  8. ladoga,
  9. ladoga, lake,
  10. ladon

Origin of ladle

before 1000; Middle English ladel, Old English hlædel. See lade, -le

Related formsla·dler, nounun·la·dled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ladle


/ (ˈleɪdəl) /


a long-handled spoon having a deep bowl for serving or transferring liquidsa soup ladle
a large bucket-shaped container for transferring molten metal


(tr) to lift or serve out with or as if with a ladle
Derived Formsladleful, noun

Word Origin for ladle

Old English hlædel, from hladan to draw out

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Word Origin and History for ladle



"large, long-handled spoon for drawing liquids," Old English hlædel "ladle," from hladan "to load" (see lade) + -le, suffix expressing "appliance, tool" (cf. shovel, handle, thimble). The verb is first recorded 1520s, from the noun. Related: Ladled; ladling.

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