dessert knife

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noun

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

Origin of dessert knife

First recorded in 1785–95
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Examples from the Web for dessert knife

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

    Mammon and Co.|E. F. Benson
  • "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
  • 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
  • Brandishing his dessert-knife, he shouts, 'Avançons, mes amis!

    The History of "Punch"|M. H. Spielmann