the dishes, utensils, etc., used at the table.

1825–35; table + ware1 Unabridged
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tableware (ˈteɪbəlˌwɛə)
articles such as dishes, plates, knives, forks, etc, used at meals

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1852, from table (n.) + ware.
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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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Example sentences
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
The counter has plenty of space for setting out buffet items as well as
Trade fragile-looking or matching tableware for an inviting, eclectic mix.
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