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Origin of strainer

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at strain1, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for strainer

colander, sieve, filter

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British Dictionary definitions for strainer


  1. a sieve used for straining sauces, vegetables, tea, etc
  2. a gauze or simple filter used to strain liquids
  3. Australian and NZ a self-locking device or a tool for tightening fencing wire
  4. Australian and NZ the main post in a wire fence, often diagonally braced
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Word Origin and History for strainer

early 14c., agent noun from strain (v.).

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