[ spach-uh-luh ]
/ ˈspætʃ ə lə /


an implement with a broad, flat, usually flexible blade, used for blending foods or removing them from cooking utensils, mixing drugs, spreading plasters and paints, etc.

Origin of spatula

1515–25; < Latin: a flat piece, batten, equivalent to spath(a) spathe + -ula -ule
Related formsspat·u·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for spatula


/ (ˈspætjʊlə) /


a utensil with a broad flat, often flexible blade, used for lifting, spreading, or stirring foods, etc
Derived Formsspatular, adjective

Word Origin for spatula

C16: from Latin: a broad piece, from spatha a flat wooden implement; see spathe
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Word Origin and History for spatula



1520s, from Latin spatula "broad piece, spatula," diminutive of spatha "broad, flat tool or weapon," from Greek spathe "broad blade" (see spade (n.1)). Erroneous form spattular is attested from c.1600.

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