fruit knife

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noun

a small knife, usually having a distinctive handle and a stainless steel blade with a sharp or serrated edge, used at table for paring and cutting fruit.

Nearby words

  1. fruit cocktail,
  2. fruit cup,
  3. fruit drop,
  4. fruit fly,
  5. fruit jar,
  6. fruit machine,
  7. fruit ranch,
  8. fruit salad,
  9. fruit sugar,
  10. fruit tree

Origin of fruit knife

First recorded in 1850–55

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Examples from the Web for fruit knife

  • Nutcrackers and a fruit-knife lay on our side of the stand, and Hewitt turned the stand to offer him the knife.

  • Nut-crackers and a fruit-knife lay on our side of the stand, and Hewitt turned the stand to offer him the knife.

  • Each guest must be supplied with a fruit plate, doily, finger-bowl, fruit-knife and fork or spoon.

    Social Life|Maud C. Cooke
  • If fruit is the first course, there should be at each place a fruit-plate with a doily, finger-bowl, and fruit-knife on it.

    The Expert Maid-Servant|Cristine Terhune Herrick


British Dictionary definitions for fruit knife

fruit knife

noun

a small stainless knife for cutting fruit
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