Dessertspoon vs. Tablespoon

By Jaxson

  • Tablespoon

    A tablespoon is a large spoon used for serving. In many English-speaking regions, the term now refers to a large spoon used for serving, however, in some regions, including parts of Canada, it is the largest type of spoon used for eating.

    By extension, the term is also used as a cooking measure of volume. In this capacity, it is most commonly abbreviated tbsp or T, and occasionally referred to as a tablespoonful to distinguish it from the utensil. The unit of measurement varies by region: a United States tablespoon is approximately 14.8 ml (0.50 US fl oz), a United Kingdom and Canadian tablespoon is exactly 15 ml (0.51 US fl oz), and an Australian tablespoon is 20 ml (0.68 US fl oz). The capacity of the utensil (as opposed to the measurement) is not defined by law or custom and bears no particular relation to the measurement.

  • Dessertspoon (noun)

    An item of cutlery; a spoon, larger than a teaspoon and smaller than a tablespoon, used for eating dessert.

  • Dessertspoon (noun)

    A unit of measure, being equivalent to two teaspoons or two-thirds of a tablespoon, or approximately 10 millilitres; a dessertspoonful.

  • Dessertspoon (noun)

    More generally, that volume of a substance which is contained within a dessert spoon.

  • Tablespoon (noun)

    A large spoon, used for eating food from a bowl.

  • Tablespoon (noun)

    A spoon too large for eating, usually used for cooking or serving.

  • Tablespoon (noun)

    A ml; in Britain and Canada: exactly 15 ml; in Australia: four teaspoons or 20 ml.


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