Meaning of “can opener” in the English Dictionary


"can opener" in English

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can openernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæn ˌəʊ.pən.ər/ us /ˈkæn ˌoʊ.pən.ɚ/ UK also tin opener

Examples from literature

  • 'Gene, see if you can open the olives with this fool can opener. 
  • A man that will invent a can opener that will split open one of these pale, sickly, hard hearted canned peaches, that swim around in a pint of slippery elm juice in a tin can, has got a fortune. 
  • Emergency supplies should include pots, pans, knives, forks, spoons, plates, cups, napkins, paper towels, measuring cup, bottle opener, can opener, and pocket knife. 
  • He produced a can opener from the cabin locker and fell to his work on a corner of the hermetically sealed box. 
  • Pictures would be hung, clocks wound, a number of tin cans would be waiting to be opened with refractory can openers, and there would always be several window blinds that had gone wrong. 

(Definition of “can opener” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"can opener" in American English

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can openernoun [ C ]

us /ˈkæn ˌoʊ·pə·nər/

a device for opening metal cans, esp. cans of food

(Definition of “can opener” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)