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 The vote bans plastic straws, plastic food containers, single-use cutlery, plastic stirring sticks, and polystyrene cups and boxes. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Germany bans plastic straws, food containers, and other single-use products," 24 June 2020 Included in the 103 silver objects that were discovered were homeware, including goblets and cutlery. Fox News, "Hidden silver found at 600-year-old castle occupied by Nazis during WW2," 24 June 2020 Give your party some glitz and glam with gold plastic cutlery. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "How to host a socially distant summer party," 23 June 2020 The metal cutlery can be reused many times, which is cost-saving. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Get the facts on corona," 22 June 2020 The centre’s guide to etiquette includes detailed passages on how to hold and use cutlery. The Economist, "Manners maketh district commissioners In the bureaucracies of Bangladesh and Pakistan, the Raj lives on," 20 June 2020 Sur La Table has a warehouse sale with up to 70% off on top-tier cookware, dinnerware, cutlery, kitchen electrics, bakeware, plus enter your email and take 10% off. oregonlive, "Last-minute, DIY Father’s Day gifts: Surprise Dad on Sunday," 18 June 2020 Ethiopians use injera, a spongy teff pancake, as plate, cutlery and tasty carbohydrate. The Economist, "Production lions How manufacturing might take off in Africa," 13 June 2020 Right now, however, Sur La Table is running an impressive sale on this expert-level cutlery. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Zwilling's chef-trusted knives are on sale for up to 70% off right now," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of cutlery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jun 2020

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“Cutlery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 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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