[ tey-buhl-spoon ]

  1. a spoon larger than a teaspoon or a dessert spoon, used in serving food at the table and as a standard measuring unit in recipes.

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Origin of tablespoon

First recorded in 1755–65; table + spoon

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British Dictionary definitions for tablespoon


/ (ˈteɪbəlˌspuːn) /

  1. a spoon, larger than a dessertspoon, used for serving food, etc

  2. Also called: tablespoonful the amount contained in such a spoon

  1. a unit of capacity used in cooking, medicine, etc, equal to half a fluid ounce or three teaspoons

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