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[sil-ver-wair] /ˈsɪl vərˌwɛər/
articles, especially eating and serving utensils, made of silver, silver-plated metals, stainless steel, etc.
1780-90; silver + ware1 Unabridged
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Examples for silverware
  • If you are eating in, use the real silverware, cups and plates.
  • Bottles top rack, dinner plates bottom, silverware in its holder.
  • At his home they had already seen him compulsively realign silverware on his dining table and milk cartons in his refrigerator.
  • Table clothes, real silverware and table service and it is rather good, even the price.
  • His shaky hands were frustrated by pens and silverware.
  • She stood and gathered up the plates and silverware.
  • There were a few moments of silence, punctuated only by some nervous clattering of silverware.
  • There's a big, open brick room with few long communal tables laid in advance with mismatched silverware.
  • There's a tea table set for two, with silverware and a centerpiece, but it's only five inches high.
  • The handles on the silverware are all different patterns.
British Dictionary definitions for silverware


articles, esp tableware, made of or plated with silver
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Encyclopedia Article for silverware


spoons, forks, and serving implements used at the table. The term flatware was introduced toward the end of the 19th century. Strictly speaking, it excludes knives, which are classified as cutlery (q.v.), although in common American usage knives are generally included.

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