- The definition of a colander is a large bowl with holes for draining liquid.
The bowl used to drain spaghetti is an example of a colander.
Vegetables draining in a colander.
a perforated pan, usually bowl-shaped, for draining off liquids, as in washing vegetables
Origin of colanderprobably altered ; from Medieval Latin colator, ultimately ; from Classical Latin colare, to strain ; from colum, strainer
A bowl-shaped kitchen utensil with perforations for draining off liquids and rinsing food.
Origin of colanderMiddle English colyndore; probably from a Romance source akin to Old Provençal colador, strainer, from Vulgar Latin *cōlātōr, from Latin cōlātus, past participle of cōlāre, to strain; see percolate.
Middle English colyndore and Old Provençal colador (“strainer”).