- 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.
colander definition by Webster's New World
Origin: probably altered ; from Midieval Latin colator, ultimately ; from Classical Latin colare, to strain ; from colum, strainer
colander definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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.