from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An instrument, implement, or container used domestically, especially in a kitchen. See Synonyms at tool.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An instrument or device for domestic use, in the kitchen, or in war.
- n. A small hand tool or material-handling implement specialized for specific types of processing such as is used in the kitchen or a laboratory.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which is used; an instrument; an implement; especially, an instrument or vessel used in a kitchen, or in domestic and farming business.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument or implement: as, utensils of war; now, more especially, an instrument or vessel in common use in a kitchen, dairy, or the like, as distinguished from agricultural implements and mechanical tools.
- n. Synonyms Implement, Instrument, etc. See tool.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an implement for practical use (especially in a household)
Middle English, from Old French utensile, from Latin ūtēnsilia, utensils, from neuter pl. of ūtēnsilis, fit for use, from ūtī, to use.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ultimately from Latin utensilis ("usable"). (Wiktionary)