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[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.
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
2. See tool. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for utensil
  • However, the seller must collect sales tax when selling these items with an eating utensil.
  • There is no risk from short exposure such as after a fast kiss or when sharing an eating utensil.
  • She recommended the construction of cupboards, shelves and drawers adapted to each sort of utensil.
  • But whichever kind of writing utensil you choose, be sure that you can grip it comfortably.
  • Kitchens are fully equipped and contain almost any appliance or cooking utensil you might need.
  • Any utensil or surface that comes in contact with raw meat should be washed thoroughly with warm, soapy water.
  • The sink must be capable of accommodating the largest utensil to be washed.
  • Servers should use the correct utensil and measure portions accurately.
  • Lights in all food preparation and utensil washing areas are shielded.
  • If you operate a pushcart, and your menu is limited, you don't need utensil sinks on the cart.
British Dictionary definitions for utensil


an implement, tool, or container for practical use: writing utensils
Word Origin
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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