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[tey-buh l-spoon] /ˈteɪ bəlˌspun/
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.
Origin of tablespoon
1755-65; table + spoon Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tablespoon
  • Butter featured in his books by the chunk and the double-tablespoon.
  • Nothing will guarantee you never fall ill as surely as a heaping tablespoon of cyanide.
  • In the old days, people took a full tablespoon full of cod liver oil year round.
  • When you see damage and need to spray, add one tablespoon of the mixture to a pint of water.
  • Take one tablespoon of baking soda and add a little warm water.
  • Generously fill a tablespoon with the vegetable mixture and drop into the hot oil.
  • Put about one-half tablespoon diced chili and one tablespoon of crumbled cheese into each bowl.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and add the remaining tablespoon of canola oil.
  • Have each group pour one tablespoon of oil into the water in each cup.
  • Using a pastry brush and a small bowl of water, place a dumpling skin in your palm with a tablespoon of filling in the middle.
British Dictionary definitions for tablespoon


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tablespoon in Medicine

tablespoon ta·ble·spoon (tā'bəl-spōōn')

Abbr. T, tbsp. A measure of about 15 milliliters.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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