cut·​lery | \ ˈkət-lə-rē How to pronounce cutlery (audio) \

Definition of cutlery

1 : the business of a cutler
2 : edged or cutting tools specifically : implements for cutting and eating food

Examples of cutlery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Victorinox, the company that makes those gadget-laden implements, also has several lines of simpler kitchen cutlery. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Knife to Add Flash to Your Kitchen," 30 Mar. 2020 Don't bring a bunch of condiments, an array of cutlery, or a cornucopia of containers and expect the eating experience to go smoothly. Anchorage Daily News, "The completely correct guide to eating and drinking on a plane," 28 Jan. 2020 Buy now: $289, Bamboo chopstick set Chopsticks do much more than your regular utensil or cutlery item. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Ways to Bring Japanese Cooking Into Your Kitchen," 23 Apr. 2020 Save an extra $2: This handy knife and cutlery bristle brush Cleaning knives is always a pain, especially when their sharp edges end up destroying your sponges. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Thursday," 19 Mar. 2020 Another story noted that cutlery sometimes went missing, as guests pocketed a fork or spoon as a souvenir. John Kelly, Washington Post, "House party: Ever get down at Anderson House? Share your souvenirs.," 4 Mar. 2020 Those measures include removing menus from tables (directed to menu board instead), wiping down terminals after every transaction, adding additional hand sanitizers throughout the restaurant, and passing out cutlery kids in lieu of silverware. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Houston restaurants use social media to broadcast coronavirus measures," 13 Mar. 2020 Other features in the rack from Joseph Joseph, a maker of clever kitchen tools, are a rail against which to prop a cutting board or large platter, a draining spout, and a knife slot in the cutlery bin. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Dish Rack That’s Ready to Accommodate," 16 Mar. 2020 The crew even payed homage to the hit film franchise by arming themselves with restaurant cutlery for an impromptu battle. Kate Hogan,, "See the Most Nostalgia-Inducing Cast Reunions from Your Favorite Movies & TV Shows," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of cutlery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cutlery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cutlery

US : sharp tools made of metal (such as knives and scissors) that are used for cutting things
: forks, spoons, and knives used for serving and eating food


cut·​lery | \ ˈkət-lə-rē How to pronounce cutlery (audio) \

Kids Definition of cutlery

1 : cutting tools (as knives and scissors)
2 : utensils used in cutting, serving, and eating food

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