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[tey-buh l-wair] /ˈteɪ bəlˌwɛər/
the dishes, utensils, etc., used at the table.
Origin of tableware
First recorded in 1825-35; table + ware1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • And you'll be welcome to use our tableware and kitchen utensils.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • Great quantities of silver are used for making jewelry and for tableware.

    Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
  • tableware is "solid" even if it contains alloy enough to stiffen it.

    Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
  • More than likely several of the guerillas divided the tableware between them.

    An Undivided Union Oliver Optic
  • Much of the tableware was made of this metal and found in each household.

    The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
  • Cindy cut slices from a side of bacon and arranged the tableware.

  • Her slender, eloquent arms constantly menaced the tableware.


    O. Henry
  • In the arts, silver is employed chiefly in the making of articles of luxury, such as jewelry and tableware.

  • She ran from room to room, stowing away the silver candlesticks and tableware, closing blinds, and locking doors.

    Boys and Girls of Colonial Days Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • Somebody visited our bungalow last night and took nearly all our victuals and our tableware and our kitchen utensils!

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for tableware


articles such as dishes, plates, knives, forks, etc, used at meals
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tableware

1852, from table (n.) + ware.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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