homeware

/ (ˈhəʊmwɛə) /

noun

crockery, furniture, and furnishings with which a house, room, etc, is furnished

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Word Origin for homeware

C20: home + ware 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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What is homeware?

Homeware consists of articles of household equipment, especially ones used in the kitchen, such as plates, glasses, and utensils like knives and forks.

It means the same thing as housewares. Homeware typically refers to such things collectively, whereas housewares is almost always used in its plural form.

The similar word kitchenware refers specifically to homeware for the kitchen.

Homeware is often used as a name for a particular department in a store or a section of a website where such things can be purchased. For this reason, the word homeware is usually used very generally and can encompass many different things, such as small appliances and items of furniture.

Example: I packed all of our homeware in the back of the truck so we can unload it first and set up our kitchen right away.

Where does the word homeware come from?

The first records of the word homeware come from the 1700s. In homeware, the word ware means “a specific kind or category of product.” It’s used in the same way in the words silverware, glassware, tableware, and kitchenware, all of which are kinds of homeware.

You can buy homeware in the homeware (or housewares) section of a store or website, or at a store that specializes in homeware. At such places, you’re likely to find all kinds of pots, pans, utensils, and other kitchen gadgets. But you may also find a wide variety of practical things for around the house, like fans, clocks, toothbrush holders, coasters, and picture frames, among many other things (many of which you probably don’t need). Homeware is usually functional in some way, but not always (like that avocado slicer you never use).

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How is homeware used in real life?

Homeware is especially used to refer to products in the homeware or housewares section of stores. It’s often used in a very general way.

 

 

Try using homeware!

Which of the following items are you most likely to find in the homeware section?

A. gardening tools
B. kitchen utensils
C. car parts
D. books