Definition of ladle in English:



  • 1A large long-handled spoon with a cup-shaped bowl, used for serving soup or sauce.

    ‘she dipped the ladle into the casserole dish’
    • ‘Check that the silver drawer is deep enough to close without nicking the curved handle of your soup ladle.’
    • ‘I added a half ladle of garlic oil, the same of sesame oil and a couple of ladles of teriyaki sauce.’
    • ‘For example, it is difficult to think of a more Scottish dish than haggis, but this was served with a generous ladle of Drambuie sauce.’
    • ‘These items included small bowls, huge beer tubs, spoons, and ladles.’
    • ‘She opened the basket, and pulled out a large pot, a ladle, two spoons, a knife, two bowls, and another basket.’
    • ‘For young children, an old dessert spoon and ladle double as a trowel and spade, while a washing-up liquid bottle with extra holes can become a watering can.’
    • ‘He snatched up the ladle within and spooned some out.’
    • ‘Unexpectedly, Damien dropped the ladle and grabbed the bowl from my hands, setting it down on the table.’
    • ‘If you have a conical sieve, this job will be easier - force the soup with a ladle.’
    • ‘Using a ladle, spoon the liquid into a cheesecloth-lined, fine mesh sieve and discard the solids.’
    • ‘She picked up the ladle, and a bowl that was sitting next to it and quietly poured herself some soup.’
    • ‘She poured it into each girls bowl with a ladle and after everyone had breakfast they all went to their classes.’
    • ‘Sauce ladles have occasionally been treated in a similar fashion and sometimes pierced to form sugar sifters.’
    • ‘Still pondering the situation, Kristin replaced the soup ladle and followed Brittney and Chelsea to the salad bar.’
    • ‘Place the cheese in a bowl with 2 ladles of hot soup, stir to melt then return to the pan.’
    • ‘The noodles are presented in large stone bowls, and the soup spoons are wooden ladles.’
    • ‘Amy stood back up and went around the table with the ladle and bowl.’
    • ‘Kitchen utensils include pots, bowls, cooking ladles, and spoons made of coconut shells.’
    • ‘The fair also has on display various household items such as different types of ladles and spoons made of wood.’
    • ‘They were laden with the clutter of dishes, knives, a comb, a handful of spoons and ladles of assorted sizes, small tools, spare copper wire for snares, and a dozen other dust-obscured objects.’
    spoon, scoop, dipper, bailer
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    1. 1.1 A container for transporting molten metal in a foundry.
      • ‘Molten metal is sometimes transferred directly in insulated ladles from the smelter to the customer's plant, occasionally over distances up to several hundred miles.’
      • ‘When handled at the proper furnace temperature and cooled to the proper pouring temperature, the crucible is removed or the metal is tapped into a ladle.’
      • ‘Gray iron foundries use magnesium and magnesium-containing alloys as ladle addition agents introduced just before the casting is poured.’
      • ‘Give it a few minutes to come to full temperature, and then, after fluxing the metal, the first ladle full of lead is lifted to the pre-heated mold.’
      • ‘Now, lift the ladle from the mold, and allow a small puddle to form on top of the sprue plate before returning the ladle to the molten lead.’
      • ‘Deoxidation of the metal frequently takes place in the ladle, leaving only a short time for the deoxidation products to be removed.’


  • 1with object and adverbial Serve (soup, stew, or sauce) with a ladle.

    ‘she ladled out onion soup’
    • ‘It came to the table in an impressive metal container, with all the elements cooked and ready to be ladled out onto the waiting vermicelli.’
    • ‘Check the seasoning and then ladle the chutney into a couple of jars.’
    • ‘To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and add the mussels.’
    • ‘We agreed to make it a cold salad first and we chose the Ham and Pork salads (a little of each) and some salad vegetables and Madame ladled some vinaigrette dressing on hers as well.’
    • ‘Soup was ladled into it, and the next woman placed a piece of crusty bread on the side along with a browning apple.’
    • ‘Place a slice of bread, if using, into each bowl before ladling the soup over.’
    • ‘Creative genius often seems to be ladled out to those who are manifestly unworthy of it.’
    • ‘Break bread into chunks, place in each bowl and ladle soup over top; let sit until bread is soft.’
    • ‘The method of distribution required people to line up in front of the public Famine Pot, saucepans and pans in hand, waiting for the soup to be ladled out.’
    • ‘Strain it, put it on a plate, and ladle the sauce on top.’
    • ‘Carefully ladle soup into warm bowls, making sure that each person gets a fair share of the seafood.’
    • ‘Have partygoers ladle soup into mugs or small bowls, and offer condiments so they can tailor each soup to their liking.’
    • ‘Bryar ladled the thick soup into a wooden bowl as he spoke, and Rayne could feel her mouth watering at the mere sight.’
    • ‘Think of it as a mini-version of the millions ladled out to keep corporations from abandoning lower Manhattan for New Jersey.’
    • ‘To serve, ladle the soup into warm bowls, top with some smokies, drizzle with oil.’
    • ‘I think its time to start chopping up the garnish because bowls full of hot, scaly, green broth are ready to be ladled out.’
    • ‘Bouillabaisse, thick and spicy was ladled out.’
    • ‘Brush with extra virgin olive oil and place on the base of large, shallow soup plates or pasta plates before ladling the soup on top.’
    • ‘I eagerly scooped myself a bowlful then ladled some for everyone else because ladling soup is fun and I'll beat up anyone that tries to take that joy away from me!’
    • ‘The suspected bribe money was mostly ladled out between 1995 and 2000, when Cheney was Halliburton's CEO.’
    spoon out, scoop out, dish out, dish up, serve
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    1. 1.1 Provide (information, advice, etc.) lavishly or overgenerously.
      ‘he was ladling out his personal philosophy of life’
      • ‘In the past we have ladled out the money but have no hard evidence that services to the public have improved proportionately.’
      • ‘Year after year he had watched MI6 officers professionally eager to inflate their resourcefulness ladling out off-the-books money to informants with every incentive to inflate their discoveries.’


Old English hlædel, from hladan (see lade).