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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cutlery
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  • 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 Joseph Conrad
  • "Come out of that," said I, "and take this cutlery up to my room," and they did.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • Now, in this branch of cutlery, the labor is the manufacturer's main expense.

  • Milan is also the chief seat of the Italian cutlery manufacture.

  • It also includes the plants for the manufacture of machinery, cutlery, and pottery.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • You will work at the cutlery counter not a day after to-morrow.

  • By this means he was able to bring a cargo of cottons, cutlery, and other heavy articles.

    Afar in the Forest W.H.G. Kingston
  • My little nephew, madam; he is about to enter into the mysteries of the cutlery trade.

    The Poacher Frederick Marryat
  • And, after all, if they had no plates, what need of cutlery?

    Dwellers in Arcady

    Albert Bigelow Paine
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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