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  1. cutting instruments collectively, especially knives for cutting food.
  2. utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food.
  3. the trade or business of a cutler.
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Origin of cutlery

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

tableware, cutlery, flatware, service, hollowware

Examples from the Web for cutlery

Historical Examples

  • His eyes fell, his bravado vanished, he fumbled with the cutlery.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • A tinkle of cutlery and a slight jingle of glasses were heard.

    End of the Tether

    Joseph Conrad

  • "Come out of that," said I, "and take this cutlery up to my room," and they did.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • Now, in this branch of cutlery, the labor is the manufacturer's main expense.

  • Milan is also the chief seat of the Italian cutlery manufacture.

British Dictionary definitions for cutlery


  1. implements used for eating, such as knives, forks, and spoons
  2. instruments used for cutting
  3. the art or business of a cutler
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Word Origin and History for cutlery


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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