- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: probably altered ; from Midieval Latin colator, ultimately ; from Classical Latin colare, to strain ; from colum, strainer
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Origin: Middle 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.