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fruit knife

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noun
  1. a small knife, usually having a distinctive handle and a stainless steel blade with a sharp or serrated edge, used at table for paring and cutting fruit.

Origin of fruit knife

First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for fruit knife

Historical Examples

  • Nutcrackers and a fruit-knife lay on our side of the stand, and Hewitt turned the stand to offer him the knife.

    The Strand Magazine, Volume VII, Issue 41, May, 1894

    Various

  • If fruit is the first course, there should be at each place a fruit-plate with a doily, finger-bowl, and fruit-knife on it.

    The Expert Maid-Servant

    Cristine Terhune Herrick

  • Each guest must be supplied with a fruit plate, doily, finger-bowl, fruit-knife and fork or spoon.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke

  • Nut-crackers and a fruit-knife lay on our side of the stand, and Hewitt turned the stand to offer him the knife.


British Dictionary definitions for fruit knife

fruit knife

noun
  1. a small stainless knife for cutting fruit
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