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[kuht-luh-ree] /ˈkʌt lə ri/
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
1300-50; Middle English cutellerie < Middle French coutelerie; see cutler, -y3 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cutlery
Historical Examples
  • It is not a toy, but a useful article, made of cutlery steel, tempered and highly nickeled.

    The Bradys After a Chinese Princess Francis Worcester Doughty
  • It also includes the plants for the manufacture of machinery, cutlery, and pottery.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • He then turns his attention to the silverware and cutlery before him.

    Contemporary One-Act Plays Sir James M. Barrie
  • You will work at the cutlery counter not a day after to-morrow.

  • After the plates and small silver and cutlery are in position, the decorating of the table should proceed as far as possible.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • A tinkle of cutlery and a slight jingle of glasses were heard.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • He was commonly called “the sword cutler,” because he possessed a large workshop and many slaves skilled in cutlery.

  • "Come out of that," said I, "and take this cutlery up to my room," and they did.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • My little nephew, madam; he is about to enter into the mysteries of the cutlery trade.

    The Poacher Frederick Marryat
  • Now, in this branch of cutlery, the labor is the manufacturer's main expense.

British Dictionary definitions for cutlery


implements used for eating, such as knives, forks, and spoons
instruments used for cutting
the art or business of a cutler
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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