Definition of Sterno in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstəːnəʊ/


[mass noun] US trademark
Flammable hydrocarbon jelly supplied in cans for use as fuel for cooking stoves.
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.

Words that rhyme with Sterno

Brno, inferno, journo, Salerno

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