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dessert knife

a knife used during the dessert course, usually somewhat smaller than a dinner knife.
Origin of dessert knife
First recorded in 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You were horrified at my attempting to clean out my pipe with a dessert knife.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • “You see how it is,” said he to the young blonde, gesticulating with his dessert knife.

  • He stabbed sharply with the butt of a dessert knife on the dessert plate which had just been placed before him.

    If Winter Comes A.S.M. Hutchinson

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