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.

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.
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utensil (juːˈtɛnsəl)
an implement, tool, or container for practical use: writing utensils
[C14 utensele, via Old French from Latin ūtēnsilia necessaries, from ūtēnsilis available for use, from ūtī to use]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. utensile "implement," from L. utensilia "materials, things for use," noun use of neut. pl. of utensilis "fit for use," from uti (see use).
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Example sentences
Open shelves put dishware and utensils you use every day within easy reach.
And there are compartments and drawers for dishware, utensils, and appliances.
Instead of plastic disposable utensils, the company now uses recyclable ones.
Remind your favorite take-out place to leave out the plastic utensils when they
  pack your food to go.
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