- cutting instruments collectively, especially knives for cutting food.
- utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food.
- the trade or business of a cutler.
Origin of cutlery
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Examples from the Web for cutlery
His eyes fell, his bravado vanished, he fumbled with the cutlery.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
A tinkle of cutlery and a slight jingle of glasses were heard.End of the Tether
"Come out of that," said I, "and take this cutlery up to my room," and they did.The O'Ruddy
Now, in this branch of cutlery, the labor is the manufacturer's main expense.Put Yourself in His Place
Milan is also the chief seat of the Italian cutlery manufacture.Up To Date Business
- implements used for eating, such as knives, forks, and spoons
- instruments used for cutting
- the art or business of a cutler
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Word Origin and History for cutlery
mid-14c., from Old French coutelerie (13c., Modern French coutellerie) "cutting utensils," also "knife-making," from coutel "knife," from Latin cultellus (see cutlass).
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