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tableware

[tey-buh l-wair] /ˈteɪ bəlˌwɛər/
noun
1.
the dishes, utensils, etc., used at the table.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; table + ware1
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Examples from the web for tableware
  • Use your own tableware-or purchase an inexpensive set for parties-instead of buying plastic forks and spoons.
  • Hanging boxes were also made to hold kitchen knives, tableware, and other utensils.
  • The counter has plenty of space for setting out buffet items as well as tableware.
  • Trade fragile-looking or matching tableware for an inviting, eclectic mix.
  • Use your garden to inspire tableware and decorating choices.
  • Next door, the ceramics gallery always has something interesting going on, from lush tableware to funky pots.
  • Some plastic items can be donated and reused if still working, such as toys and tableware.
  • Campers must provide all bedding, cookware, tableware.
  • Consumers are notified that clean tableware is to be used when they return to self-service areas such as salad bars and buffets.
  • tableware, cooking utensils, and linens are provided.
British Dictionary definitions for tableware

tableware

/ˈteɪbəlˌwɛə/
noun
1.
articles such as dishes, plates, knives, forks, etc, used at meals
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Word Origin and History for tableware
n.

1852, from table (n.) + ware.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for tableware

utensils used at the table for holding, serving, and handling food and drink. Tableware includes various types of containers (known as hollowware, q.v.), spoons and forks (flatware, q.v.), knives (cutlery, q.v.), and a variety of dishes and accessories.

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