Definition of colander in English:


Line breaks: col|an¦der
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌləndə
, ˈkɒl-/


A perforated bowl used to strain off liquid from food after washing or cooking.
More example sentences
  • When the beans are ready, remove the herbs, and drain the beans into the colander, reserving their cooking liquid in the bowl beneath.
  • Drain through a colander then return the cooking liquor to a clean saucepan and reduce for a further 15 minutes.
  • Strain through a colander and transfer to a food processor fitted with the metal blade.


Middle English: based on Latin colare 'to strain'.

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