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fruit knife

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for fruit knife
Historical Examples
  • Also any one taking fruit must have a fruit knife and fork brought to him.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • Chase gingerly slashed open the envelope with his fruit knife.

    The Man From Brodney's

    George Barr McCutcheon
  • The window was wide open, to force whose latch he had thoughtfully provided himself with a fruit knife from Peter Kenny's buffet.

    The Day of Days Louis Joseph Vance
  • If a waitress serves, fruit knife and plate are placed first, and then the dish containing the fruit is passed.

  • It should always be served very cold, on a large fruit plate, and with fruit knife and fork.

  • A doily goes under the finger bowl, and a fruit knife and fork on either side.

    Etiquette Emily Post
British Dictionary definitions for fruit knife

fruit knife

a small stainless knife for cutting fruit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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