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[tey-buh l-wair] /ˈteɪ bəlˌwɛər/
the dishes, utensils, etc., used at the table.
Origin of tableware
1825-35; table + ware1 Unabridged
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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


articles such as dishes, plates, knives, forks, etc, used at meals
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Word Origin and History for tableware

1852, from table (n.) + ware.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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