Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The common small spoon used especially in serving and consuming tea, coffee, and desserts.
  • n. A household cooking measure equal to 1/3 tablespoon (about 5 milliliters). See Table at measurement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a small spoon used to stir the contents of a cup or glass.
  • n. a unit of measure, worth one-third of a tablespoon or roughly five milliliters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small spoon used in stirring and sipping tea, coffee, etc., and for other purposes.
  • n. same as teaspoonful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small spoon used with the tea-cup, or in similar ways: it is larger than the coffee-spoon and smaller than the dessert-spoon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. as much as a teaspoon will hold
  • n. a small spoon used for stirring tea or coffee; holds about one fluid dram

Etymologies

tea +‎ spoon (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Combine 1 teaspoon peppermint leaf, ½-teaspoon thyme leaf, and ½-teaspoon sage leaf.

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  • My college roommate literally lives in a teaspoon, but because that teaspoon is located on the Upper West Side, she has to pay hundreds of dollars a month.

    The Rent is Too Damn High -- in praise of Jimmy McMillan

  • Although five potentially lost teaspoons were recovered after the study was revealed, no one admitted permanently removing a teaspoon from the institute.

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  • A teaspoon is great but next time, I'll skip the oil entirely ... it's just not necessary.

    A Veggie Venture

  • The yeast quantity as given above is generous for the amount of flour, chiefly because trying to measure less than half a teaspoon is a pain.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • A teaspoon is the same size in both american and australian systems however an Australian Tablespoon = 4 teaspoons.

    Madeira Cake

  • They don't have to be big, world-shaking acts; by definition, a teaspoon is a small thing, but enough of them together can empty the ocean.

    Shakesville

  • "The only reason a group like that would remove the head is to examine the brain and unless you saw the skull in half the only way you can get the brain out is a teaspoon, which is not going to be much good for research."

    The Border Mail

  • He insisted that we bathe in what he called a 'teaspoon' of water, using laundry detergent instead of soap.

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  • He insisted that we bathe in what he called a "teaspoon" of water, using laundry detergent instead of soap.

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