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[sil-ver-wair] /ˈsɪl vərˌwɛər/
articles, especially eating and serving utensils, made of silver, silver-plated metals, stainless steel, etc.
Origin of silverware
1780-90; silver + ware1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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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Word Origin and History for silverware

1860, from silver (n.) + ware (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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