[tey-buh l-wair]


the dishes, utensils, etc., used at the table.

Origin of tableware

First recorded in 1825–35; table + ware1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for tableware

silverware, glassware, glasses, dishes, knives

Examples from the Web for tableware

Historical Examples of tableware

  • And you'll be welcome to use our tableware and kitchen utensils.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • Great quantities of silver are used for making jewelry and for tableware.

    Diggers in the Earth

    Eva March Tappan

  • Tableware is "solid" even if it contains alloy enough to stiffen it.

    Diggers in the Earth

    Eva March Tappan

  • More than likely several of the guerillas divided the tableware between them.

    An Undivided Union

    Oliver Optic

  • Much of the tableware was made of this metal and found in each household.

    The Historical Child

    Oscar Chrisman

British Dictionary definitions for tableware



articles such as dishes, plates, knives, forks, etc, used at meals
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Word Origin and History for tableware

1852, from table (n.) + ware.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper