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flatware

[flat-wair] /ˈflætˌwɛər/
noun
1.
utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food.
2.
dishes or containers for the table that are more or less flat, as plates and saucers (distinguished from hollowware).
Origin of flatware
1850-1855
First recorded in 1850-55; flat1 + ware1
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British Dictionary definitions for flatwares

flatware

/ˈflætˌwɛə/
noun (US & Canadian)
1.
cutlery
2.
any relatively flat tableware such as plates, saucers, etc Compare hollowware
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Word Origin and History for flatwares

flatware

n.

1851, from flat (adj.) + ware (n.). Originally as distinguished from hollow ware; U.S. sense of "domestic cutlery" recorded by 1895.

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