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[leyd-l] /ˈleɪd l/
a long-handled utensil with a cup-shaped bowl for dipping or conveying liquids.
Metallurgy. a bucketlike, refractory-lined container for transferring molten metal.
verb (used with object), ladled, ladling.
to dip or convey with or as if with a ladle:
to ladle soup into bowls.
before 1000; Middle English ladel, Old English hlædel. See lade, -le
Related forms
ladler, noun
unladled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ladle
  • Use a ladle or the stirring paddle to scoop hot water into the pouch to remove the residual extract.
  • Use a utensil with a handle such as a scoop or ladle to dispense ice.
  • ladle in half of the remaining soup and add the rest of the toast squares, drizzling them with the remaining olive oil.
  • Have partygoers ladle soup into mugs or small bowls, and offer condiments so they can tailor each soup to their liking.
  • ladle into small bowls, sprinkle with cilantro and serve.
  • Here the hawkers ladle out the wildly diverse local fare that serves as both national obsession and metaphor.
  • ladle into bowls and top each serving with a dollop of roasted tomatillo relish.
  • ladle the soup into bowls, garnish each serving with a handful of sliced asparagus, sprinkle with tarragon and serve.
  • ladle the soup into bowls and garnish each with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of the scallion greens.
  • To serve the soup ladle it into bowls and then spoon into the center the marinated salmon roe.
British Dictionary definitions for ladle


a long-handled spoon having a deep bowl for serving or transferring liquids: a soup ladle
a large bucket-shaped container for transferring molten metal
(transitive) to lift or serve out with or as if with a ladle
Derived Forms
ladleful, noun
Word Origin
Old English hlædel, from hladan to draw out
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Word Origin and History for ladle

"large, long-handled spoon for drawing liquids," Old English hlædel "ladle," from hladan "to load" (see lade) + -le, suffix expressing "appliance, tool" (cf. shovel, handle, thimble). The verb is first recorded 1520s, from the noun. Related: Ladled; ladling.

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