[tey-buh l-spoon]


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.

Origin of tablespoon

First recorded in 1755–65; table + spoon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a spoon, larger than a dessertspoon, used for serving food, etc
Also called: tablespoonful the amount contained in such a spoon
a unit of capacity used in cooking, medicine, etc, equal to half a fluid ounce or three teaspoons
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Word Origin and History for tablespoon

1763, from table (n.) + spoon (n.).

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tablespoon in Medicine




A measure of about 3 teaspoons or 15 milliliters.
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