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flatware

[flat-wair]
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noun
  1. utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food.
  2. dishes or containers for the table that are more or less flat, as plates and saucers (distinguished from hollowware).
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Origin of flatware

First recorded in 1850–55; flat1 + ware1
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Related Words for flatware

tableware, cutlery, flatware, service, hollowware

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Historical Examples of flatware

  • She loved the flatware—it always made her think of a wedding—sometimes of her own.

    Ptomaine Street

    Carolyn Wells

  • She reveled in the white tiles, the white gloss paint, the eternal clearing-up and the clatter of flatware.

    Ptomaine Street

    Carolyn Wells

  • His flatware is usually distinguished by a shell motif, and gadroon edges finish and decorate many of his pieces.

    Seaport in Virginia

    Gay Montague Moore

  • He frequently decorated his flatware with a refined etching or gravure, his hollow ware with reeding.

    Seaport in Virginia

    Gay Montague Moore

  • Little of this, understandably, was likely to have been thrown away or lost, except for an occasional piece of flatware.


British Dictionary definitions for flatware

flatware

noun US and Canadian
  1. cutlery
  2. any relatively flat tableware such as plates, saucers, etcCompare hollowware
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Word Origin and History for flatware

n.

1851, from flat (adj.) + ware (n.). Originally as distinguished from hollow ware; U.S. sense of "domestic cutlery" recorded by 1895.

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