articles, especially eating and serving utensils, made of silver, silver-plated metals, stainless steel, etc.

1780–90; silver + ware1 Unabridged
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silverware (ˈsɪlvəˌwɛə)
articles, esp tableware, made of or plated with silver

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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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Example sentences
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.
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