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utensil

[ yoo-ten-suhl ]
/ yuˈtɛn səl /
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noun
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.
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Origin of utensil

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English (collective singular): “household articles,” from Middle French utensile, from Latin ūtēnsilia, neuter plural of ūtēnsilis “useful,” derivative of ūtī “to use”; see origin at use

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A utensil refers to any instrument or vessel serving a useful purpose, especially those commonly used in a kitchen. When should you use this noun over tool, instrument, or implement? Learn more on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for utensil

utensil
/ (juːˈtɛnsəl) /

noun
an implement, tool, or container for practical usewriting utensils

Word Origin for utensil

C14 utensele, via Old French from Latin ūtēnsilia necessaries, from ūtēnsilis available for use, from ūtī to use
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