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

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Include a water bottle, cloth napkins, a reusable straw, a food container and reusable cutlery. Andrea L. Dooley,, "Take this first step for a zero-waste lifestyle," 2 July 2019 Disposable kings’ At first, plastic cutlery was considered reusable. Hannah Whitaker, National Geographic, "Why carrying your own fork and spoon helps solve the plastic crisis," 28 June 2019 The first film and the new project share the same name, as well as a child’s plaything with a mean streak and a penchant for wielding really large kitchen cutlery, but there are a bunch of differences, too. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Who's scarier in 'Child's Play': The original Chucky or Mark Hamill's devil doll?," 20 June 2019 The company makes compostable cutlery that can handle heat up 200 degrees. Andrew Hirschfeld, Fortune, "This Paper Straw Company's Sales Rose 5,000% After Starbucks and Others Banned Plastic Straws," 13 June 2019 Single-use plastics such as bags, straws and cutlery will be prohibited in the country, which throws away about 3 million metric tons of plastic waste yearly, the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement. Hillary Leung, Time, "'We Owe It to Our Kids to Keep the Environment Clean.' Canada to Ban Single-Use Plastics as Early as 2021," 11 June 2019 No longer will Orlando or its contractors use items such as plastic straws, bags, cutlery and Styrofoam food containers and cups at city parks and venues. Ryan Gillespie,, "Orlando bans single-use plastics and polystyrene at venues and parks, including Amway Center, Camping World Stadium and Dr. Phillips Center," 3 June 2019 Of course styrofoam in its natural form is not suitable for useful cutlery. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Yes, You Can Make a Knife Out of Styrofoam," 8 Apr. 2019 The only problem: Paper plates and plastic cutlery don't exactly feel stylish (or environmentally-friendly!) and outdoor dining might just be a little too risky for your favorite indoor dinnerware. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "You'd Never Guess These Chic Plates Are Unbreakable," 15 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of cutlery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cutlery was in the 15th century

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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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