cutlery

[kuht-luh-ree]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. cutlass,
  2. cutlass fish,
  3. cutlassfish,
  4. cutler,
  5. cutler, manasseh,
  6. cutlet,
  7. cutline,
  8. cutlips minnow,
  9. cutoff,
  10. cutout

Origin of cutlery

1300–50; Middle English cutellerie < Middle French coutelerie; see cutler, -y3

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British Dictionary definitions for cutleries

cutlery

noun

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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Word Origin and History for cutleries

cutlery

n.

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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