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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Williams Sonoma: Get 20 percent off holiday kitchen linens and tabletop, and up to 75 percent off on select cutlery starting 11/23. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 Deals From All of Your Favorite Stores and Brands," 20 Nov. 2018 There are as many design differences in knives as there are brands, especially in Japanese cutlery, with varying blade alloy compositions, some for specific food preparations that border on the ceremonial. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How To Buy Kitchen Knives Like a Pro," 24 Oct. 2018 Among the items snatched from commercial flights: coffee mugs, cutlery, blankets and life jackets. Christopher Elliott, The Seattle Times, "Travel Wise | No, you can’t (usually) take airplane pillows home with you," 15 Oct. 2018 Cabana This newish design and tabletop shop was opened by a friend of mine and features bamboo handled cutlery, glass vases in the shape of colorful fish, blown glass oil holders, and ikat table cloths. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "La DoubleJ Designer JJ Martin Shares Her Guide to Adventuring in Italy," 26 Sep. 2018 With more than 40 items in the collection ranging anywhere from $4 to $140, there is no aspect of the kitchen left out: drinkware, cutlery, pitchers—even 12-piece cookware sets. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "PSA: Chrissy Teigen's Coming Out With A Kitchen Collection For Target," 13 Sep. 2018 Stock up on no-water antibacterial wipes, matches, disposable cutlery, plastic wrap and dry ice so that everyone can eat and drink, free from harm. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence-proof your kitchen with these three tips," 13 Sep. 2018 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

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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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