tablespoon

[tey-buh l-spoon]
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. tableau vivant,
  2. tablecloth,
  3. tableful,
  4. tableland,
  5. tableside,
  6. tablespoonful,
  7. tablet,
  8. tablet chair,
  9. tabletop,
  10. tableware

Origin of tablespoon

First recorded in 1755–65; table + spoon

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British Dictionary definitions for tablespoon

tablespoon

noun

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

tablespoon

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for tablespoon

tablespoon

[tābəl-spōōn′]

n.

A measure of about 3 teaspoons or 15 milliliters.

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