dessert knife

  1. a knife used during the dessert course, usually somewhat smaller than a dinner knife.

Origin of dessert knife

First recorded in 1785–95

Words Nearby dessert knife Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dessert knife in a sentence

  • Ted lifted his brown eyes to hers, but she sat with eyes downcast, playing with her dessert-knife.

    Mammon and Co. | E. F. Benson
  • He stabbed sharply with the butt of a dessert knife on the dessert plate which had just been placed before him.

    If Winter Comes | A.S.M. Hutchinson
  • His pipe not drawing, he was preparing to dig it with the point of a dessert-knife, when Doggie interposed hurriedly.

    The Rough Road | William John Locke
  • “You see how it is,” said he to the young blonde, gesticulating with his dessert knife.

  • "Yes, I will go," I cried, seizing a dessert-knife which was on my bureau.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete | Madame La Marquise De Montespan