noun[mass noun] US trademark
Flammable hydrocarbon jelly supplied in cans for use as fuel for cooking stoves.
More example sentences
- Fondue pots are made to sit over a little can of fuel called Sterno.
- Of course my hopes that this was the end to the whole business were dashed when E. stashed me in a plywood hunting blind with a can of Sterno and some matches and said he'd be back when he heard me shoot.
- I bought some Sterno and some canned dog food, matches, instant coffee… where are we going with this?
early 20th century: from the name of Sternau and Co., New York, + -o.
Definition of Sterno in:
- The US English dictionary