- a knife used during the dessert course, usually somewhat smaller than a dinner knife.
Origin of dessert knife
First recorded in 1785–95
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Examples from the Web for dessert knife
"Yes, I will go," I cried, seizing a dessert-knife which was on my bureau.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
Brandishing his dessert-knife, he shouts, 'Avançons, mes amis!The History of "Punch"
M. H. Spielmann
Ted lifted his brown eyes to hers, but she sat with eyes downcast, playing with her dessert-knife.Mammon and Co.
E. F. Benson
His pipe not drawing, he was preparing to dig it with the point of a dessert-knife, when Doggie interposed hurriedly.The Rough Road
William John Locke