• WordNet 3.6
    • n utensil an implement for practical use (especially in a household)
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A few kitchen utensils and accessories excavated at Jamestown: a ladle, brass pan, knife blades, fork, kettle fragments, spout, colander fragments, and pot hooks A few kitchen utensils and accessories excavated at Jamestown: a ladle, brass pan, knife blades, fork, kettle...
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Catherine de Medici married Henry II of France (1533) she brought forks with her, as well as several master Florentine cooks. Foods never before seen in France were soon being served using utensils instead of fingers or daggers. She is said to have introduced spinach (which "à la Florentine" usually means) as well as aspics, sweetbreads, artichoke hearts, truffles, liver crépinettes, quenelles of poultry, macaroons, ice cream, and zabagliones.
    • n Utensil That which is used; an instrument; an implement; especially, an instrument or vessel used in a kitchen, or in domestic and farming business. "Wagons fraught with utensils of war."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the Middle Ages, almost all beef, pork, mutton, and chicken were chopped fine. Forks were unknown at the time and the knife was a kitchen utensil rather that a piece of tableware.
    • n utensil An instrument or implement: as, utensils of war; now, more especially, an instrument or vessel in common use in a kitchen, dairy, or the like, as distinguished from agricultural implements and mechanical tools.
    • n utensil Synonyms Implement, Instrument, etc. See tool.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Utensil ū-ten′sil an instrument or vessel used in common life.
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  • Robert Collier
    “Every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from a very simple beginnings.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. utensile, ustensile, L. utensile, fr. utensilis, that may be used, fit for use, fr. uti, p. p. usus, to use. See Use (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. utensile—L. utensilis, fit for use—uti, to use.


In literature:

"Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John MacGillivray
The stranger should further be provided with cooking utensils, provisions, tents, and servants.
"A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy" by Ida Pfeiffer
Provisions and utensils were packed in the lockers, and a large trunk was stowed at each end.
"Strange True Stories of Louisiana" by George Washington Cable
The single utensil that was observed lying near their huts was a kind of basket made of long wiry grass, that grows along the shores of the river.
"An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 2" by David Collins
A very few kitchen utensils completed the outfit.
"Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I." by John T. Morse
While Charley was talking with Willie, Lew had been collecting and packing the camp utensils.
"The Young Wireless Operator--As a Fire Patrol" by Lewis E. Theiss
When he revisited his home in later life, he made careful sketches of some of the jugs and kitchen utensils used in the family.
"Jean Francois Millet" by Estelle M. Hurll
It was a single room house, with two beds, some cheap furniture, and a few cooking utensils.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
Utensils, I believe, are ready to hand.
"The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight" by Elizabeth von Arnim
We took a pack-horse well laden with grub, utensils for cooking and our sleeping bags.
"The Lake of the Sky" by George Wharton James

In poetry:

Utensils must be clean and sweet,
So cheese with first class can compete,
And daily polish up milk pans,
Take pains with vats and with milk cans.
"Dairy Ode" by James McIntyre
That old warmin pan wi' it's raand, brazzen face,
Has hung thear for monny a day;
'Twor mi Gronny's, an th' haase wodn't luk like th' same place,
If we tuk th' owd utensil away.
"Warmin Pan" by John Hartley
XIV. Borne on their shoulders that which bore them all,
Poles, paddles, tent-staves: round their naked heads,
Broad thongs embrace, behind them, tapering small,
Equipments, clothes, utensils, food, and beds.
"The Toils Of The Voyager" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain

In news:

Put down your grilling utensils and grab your laptop.
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Businesses will be required to switch to compostable or recyclable — and pricier — containers and utensils by May 2011.
It's America's finest theme restaurant, AND America's finest restaurant where you aren't allowed to use utensils.
Boy's camping utensil violates 'zero tolerance'.
Innovative single-serve package/ utensil .
Dig into debate over 'green' utensils.
Cell phones often claim a spot on the table in restaurants, sitting right next to utensils, plates and glasses.
This wooden utensil was called by many names and could be used for many things.
A lady at Denny's was so mad at a guy talking on his cell phone she threw a utensil at him.
Bring cups, plates and utensils.
Check out the handcrafted jewelry, organic cosmetics, reusable bamboo utensils, and wooden baby toys.
Beautiful mod utensils made from silicone come in every color of the rainbow.