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[kuht-luh-ree] /ˈkʌt lə ri/
cutting instruments collectively, especially knives for cutting food.
utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food.
the trade or business of a cutler.
Origin of cutlery
1300-50; Middle English cutellerie < Middle French coutelerie; see cutler, -y3 Unabridged
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  • Every article of cutlery shows, in its shape, thought and long experience of workmen.
  • Disposable plastic cutlery is not designed to be reused.
  • Packing your lunch with reusable containers, cutlery and cloth napkins helps your wallet and the environment.
  • Already, some airlines have switched to plastic cutlery as a precautionary measure.
  • Those who find tight quarters unforgiving to conversational lulls might do well to start by discussing the unusual cutlery.
  • There's a clink of cutlery, a murmur of appreciative conversation from the dining room.
  • She had her own sheets and linens, and of course the cutlery and crockery were all hers.
  • The cooking is basic, service harried and conversation difficult above the clatter of cutlery.
  • The eyes of many a bored salesman light up at the sight of this cutlery.
  • All rooms also have a mini fridge, microwave and toaster, as well as plates and cutlery for basic in-room dining.
British Dictionary definitions for cutlery


implements used for eating, such as knives, forks, and spoons
instruments used for cutting
the art or business of a cutler
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Word Origin and History for cutlery

mid-14c., from Old French coutelerie (13c., Modern French coutellerie) "cutting utensils," also "knife-making," from coutel "knife," from Latin cultellus (see cutlass).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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