[ yoo-ten-suh l ]
/ yuˈtɛn səl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. utahan,
  2. utamaro,
  3. utc,
  4. ute,
  5. utend.,
  6. uter-,
  7. uteralgia,
  8. uteri,
  9. uterine,
  10. uterine artery

Origin of utensil

1325–75; Middle English (collective singular): household articles < Middle French utensile < Latin ūtēnsilia, neuter plural of ūtēnsilis useful, derivative of ūtī to use

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British Dictionary definitions for utensil


/ (juːˈtɛnsəl) /


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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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).

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