• (RP) IPA: /ˈteɪbəlˌspuːn/, [-bɫ̩-]
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈteɪbəlˌspun/, [-bɫ̩-]

tablespoon (plural tablespoons)

  1. (Canada, US) A large spoon, used for eating food from a bowl.
  2. (Australia, New Zealand, Northern UK) A spoon too large for eating, usually used for cooking or serving.
  3. (cooking) A unit of volume, the value of which varies regionally; in the US: three teaspoons or roughly 15 ml; in Britain and Canada: exactly 15 ml; in Australia: four teaspoons or 20 ml.
    • 1995 May 22, Salad Recipes, New York, [|%22tablespoons%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=3GLGJhRG5D&sig=EZ07Qjrp_0niYy3UjLbk97DXHFs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yFx2UMTJEomDiQeKtoE4&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22tablespoon%22|%22tablespoons%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 51],
      Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a nonstick skillet until hot and quickly saute the goat-cheese buttons on both sides until brown.
    • 2006, Tempted: 150 Very Wicked Desserts, Murdoch Books, UK, [|%22tablespoons%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=DdudCFPN8x&sig=kKcNGErIZO0t67BO7QXn2-jg50I&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4G92UNGDLsTKmgXcwoHYBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22tablespoon%22|%22tablespoons%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false copyright page],
      If you are using a 15 ml (3 teaspoon) tablespoon, for most recipes the difference will not be noticeable.
    • 2012, James Armstrong, Kellee Hollyman, General, Organic, and Biochemistry: An Applied Approach, Cengage Learning, US, [|%22tablespoons%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=a7ukJAjRJM&sig=mWGlohE4I5jmmaBPYdWdmGkexk0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yFx2UMTJEomDiQeKtoE4&redir_esc=y page 27],
      The problem gives us a number of tablespoons of cooking oil and asks us to convert this amount into milliliters. We are also told that one tablespoon equals 3 teaspoons, but this is a relationship between two units, not an actual measurement.
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