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flatware

[flat-wair] /ˈflætˌwɛər/
noun
1.
utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food.
2.
dishes or containers for the table that are more or less flat, as plates and saucers (distinguished from hollowware).
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; flat1 + ware1
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British Dictionary definitions for flat-ware

flatware

/ˈflætˌwɛə/
noun (US & Canadian)
1.
cutlery
2.
any relatively flat tableware such as plates, saucers, etc Compare hollowware
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Word Origin and History for flat-ware

flatware

n.

1851, from flat (adj.) + ware (n.). Originally as distinguished from hollow ware; U.S. sense of "domestic cutlery" recorded by 1895.

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Encyclopedia Article for flat-ware

flatware

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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