cut·​lery | \ˈkət-lə-rē \

Definition of cutlery 

1 : the business of a cutler

2 : edged or cutting tools specifically : implements for cutting and eating food

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The European Parliament in early October voted to ban single-use plastics — including plastic cutlery and straws — by 2021, the BBC reports. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why Starbucks, Disney, and the EU are all shunning plastic straws," 24 Oct. 2018 This means Ikea will be phasing out products like disposable plastic straws, plates and garbage bags, and that customers will soon need to eat the company’s famous meatballs without plastic cutlery or plates. Abigail Abrams, Fortune, "Ikea Will Ban All Single-Use Plastic Items From Its Stores And Restaurants By 2020," 7 June 2018 Indoors, displays range from a telegrapher’s post to the elegant cutlery and dishes once used in Union Pacific dining cars. Jay Jones,, "Las Vegas' past, from a classic chapel to vintage railroad cars, on display at little-known museum," 5 July 2018 Fortune Plastic Ban The European Commission has proposed the world’s biggest ban on single-use plastic products, from straws to cutlery, in order to save the environment (and people) from excessive plastic pollution. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Italian Turmoil, Spanish Turmoil, North Korea: CEO Daily for May 29, 2018," 29 May 2018 But straws and other cutlery were exempt from that law because there were not many good alternatives. Washington Post, "National Digest: Seattle bans drinking straws, the first major U.S. to do so," 2 July 2018 But straws and other cutlery were exempted from that law because there were not many good alternatives. Cleve R. Wootson Jr.,, "Seattle becomes first major U.S. city to ban straws," 2 July 2018 The kitchens are equipped with two-burner cooktops, full-sized or minirefrigerators, and plenty of cabinet space, as well as coffee makers, plates, cutlery, and drinking glasses. Katheleen Conti,, "Tiny home village offers fun-sized travel experience," 4 June 2018 The European Commission last week proposed a ban on single-use plastic items such as straws, plates and cutlery in an effort to clean up its beaches. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "The travel industry goes green: Plastic straws are no longer welcome," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of cutlery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of cutlery

: 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 \

Kids Definition of cutlery

1 : cutting tools (as knives and scissors)

2 : utensils used in cutting, serving, and eating food

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