cutting instruments collectively, especially knives for cutting food.
utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food.
the trade or business of a cutler.
Origin of cutlery
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implements used for eating, such as knives, forks, and spoons
instruments used for cutting
the art or business of a cutler
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mid-14c., from Old French coutelerie (13c., Modern French coutellerie) "cutting utensils," also "knife-making," from coutel "knife," from Latin cultellus (see cutlass).
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