- any of the instruments or vessels commonly used in a kitchen, dairy, etc.: eating utensils; baking utensils.
- any instrument, vessel, or tool serving a useful purpose: smoking utensils; fishing utensils; farming utensils.
Origin of utensil
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Examples from the Web for utensil
“When the dog licks the utensil, wash it seven times, and rub it with earth the eighth time,” advised one hadith.The Lighter Side of Islam
May 6, 2009
They have requisitioned every utensil that will hold water in the village.Under Wellington's Command
G. A. Henty
There could be no other such in the palace, where every utensil was gold or silver.The Arabian Nights
Every utensil used must be ice-cold, the jelly must be quite cold, but not set.Choice Cookery
This utensil would be troublesome to use in an orchard, or on stumpy ground.The Peanut Plant
B. W. Jones
I don't like a single dish or utensil in sight when the kitchen is in order.A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband
Louise Bennett Weaver
- an implement, tool, or container for practical usewriting utensils
Word Origin and History for utensil
late 14c., from Old French utensile "implement," from Latin utensilia "materials, things for use," noun use of neuter plural of utensilis "fit for use," from uti (see use).