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cutlery

[kuht-luh-ree] /ˈkʌt lə ri/
noun
1.
cutting instruments collectively, especially knives for cutting food.
2.
utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food.
3.
the trade or business of a cutler.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English cutellerie < Middle French coutelerie; see cutler, -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for cutlery

cutlery

/ˈkʌtlərɪ/
noun
1.
implements used for eating, such as knives, forks, and spoons
2.
instruments used for cutting
3.
the art or business of a cutler
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Word Origin and History for cutlery
n.

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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Encyclopedia Article for cutlery

cutting implements, such as knives, razors, and scissors, used for industrial, commercial, and domestic purposes.

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