AskDefine | Define grater

Dictionary Definition

grater n : utensil with sharp perforations for shredding foods (as vegetables or cheese)

User Contributed Dictionary



From grate + -er.


  • a RP , /ˈgreɪtə/, /"greIt@/
  • a US , /ˈgreɪtɚ/, /"greIt@r/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪtə(r)



  1. A tool with which one grates, especially cheese, to facilitate getting small particles or shreds off a solid lump.
    I'm making coleslaw; do you know where the grater is?


A tool with which one grates

Extensive Definition

A grater is a kitchen utensil used to grate foods into fine strips or crumbs. Several types of graters boast different sizes of grating slots, and can therefore aid in the preparation of a variety of foods. They are commonly used to grate cheese and lemon or orange peel (to create zest), and can also be used to grate other soft foods. They are commonly used in the preparation of toasted cheese, Welsh rarebit, and macaroni and cheese.
In tropical nations, graters are also used to grate coconut meat. In Jamaica, a coconut grater is used as a traditional musical instrument (along with drums, fife, and other instruments) in the performance of kumina, jonkanoo, and sometimes mento.
They are also known as shredders in Eastern America.


See also

grater in Belarusian: Тарка
grater in Czech: Struhadlo
grater in Danish: Rivejern
grater in German: Küchenreibe
grater in Spanish: Rallador
grater in Persian: رنده
grater in French: Râpe (ustensile)
grater in Korean: 강판
grater in Hebrew: פומפייה
grater in Luxembourgish: Rapp
grater in Lithuanian: Trintuvė
grater in Dutch: Rasp
grater in Norwegian: Rivjern
grater in Portuguese: Ralador
grater in Russian: Тёрка
grater in Finnish: Raastin
grater in Swedish: Rivjärn
grater in Ukrainian: Терка
grater in Yiddish: ריב אייזן
grater in Samogitian: Tarka

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

cheese grater, comminutor, crusher, granulator, grinder, kominuter, levigator, masher, mill, millstone, mortar and pestle, nutmeg grater, pestle, pulverizer, quern, quernstone, rock crusher, roller, shredder, steamroller, triturator
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