Definition of utensil in English:

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Pronunciation: /juːˈtɛns(ə)l/


A tool, container, or other article, especially for household use: kitchen utensils
More example sentences
  • However, a museum contains examples of the traditional tools and utensils used on the island.
  • It also sells a wide range of household utensils as well as a selection of unusual jewellery.
  • Take the time to put your tools and gardening utensils away for their long winter's nap too.
implement, tool, instrument, device, apparatus, gadget, appliance, machine, contrivance, contraption, mechanism, aid
informal gimmick, gizmo
(utensils) hardware, equipment, gear, kit, tackle, paraphernalia, things, bits


Late Middle English (denoting domestic implements or vessels collectively): from Old French utensile, from medieval Latin, neuter of Latin utensilis 'usable', from uti 'to use' (see use).

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