1 as much as a tablespoon will hold [syn: tablespoonful]
2 a spoon larger than a dessert spoon; used for serving
a large spoon, used for eating food
- Bosnian: kašika , žlica , ližka
- Chinese: 大湯匙, 大汤匙
- Croatian: žlica , ližka , kašika
- Dutch: eetlepel , soeplepel
- Finnish: ruokalusikka
- French: cuiller à soupe
- German: Esslöffel
- Greek: κουτάλι (kutáli) , κουτάλι σούπας (kutáli súpas)
- Hungarian: evőkanál
- Italian: cucchiaio da tavola
- Japanese: さじ, スプーン
- Korean: 큰스푼
- Lithuanian: valgomasis šaukštas
- Portuguese: colher
- Russian: столовая ложка
- Slovak: lyžica
- Spanish: cuchara de sopa
- Portuguese: colher de sopa
- Vietnamese: muỗng canh
Australia: a spoon for cooking
- Greek: κουτάλα
A tablespoon is a type of spoon used for serving.
Measure of volumeIt is also a measure of volume used in cooking. It has various values around the world. It is abbreviated in English as T., tbs. or Tbsp., and in German and Dutch as EL (from Esslöffel and Eetlepel). Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and the United States define:
- 1 tablespoon = 15 mL,
in line with the definition used in many other countries. In Australia, one tablespoon = 20 mL.
When used for solids (such as granulated sugar), it should be measured to the flattened level of the spoon (level spoonful versus a heaping spoonful or heaped tablespoon, which is as much as can be held in the spoon, or a rounded spoonful, which is twice a level spoonful (the solids above the level roughly mirroring those in the bowl)).
Relationship to teaspoonIn most jurisdictions, one tablespoon equals three teaspoons. In Australia, however, one tablespoon is four teaspoons.
In Asia a tablespoon is equivalent to 2 teaspoons
Traditional definitionsThe traditional U.S. interpretation of the tablespoon as a unit of volume is:
This is considered problematic in the context of nutrition labeling, where metric units are used even in the United States. However, this consideration does not lessen the factual relationship of a tablespoon to half of a fluid ounce, and tablespoons can be used to measure ingredients when other measuring devices are unavailable. For instance, 8 tablespoons is equivalent to ½ a cup.
The traditional British tablespoon could vary from 1/2 to 5/8 Imperial fl. oz. (14.2 mL to 17.8 mL).
Teaspoon, also used to define quantities in recipes
tablespoon in German: Esslöffel
tablespoon in Spanish: Cucharada
tablespoon in French: Cuillère à soupe
tablespoon in Italian: Cucchiaio da tavola (unità di misura)
tablespoon in Dutch: Eetlepel
tablespoon in Norwegian: Spiseskje (mål)
tablespoon in Polish: Łyżka stołowa
tablespoon in Swedish: Matsked
tablespoon in Chinese: 湯匙