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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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 The ban would take in plastic straws, plates, cutlery, cotton buds, drink stirrers and sticks for balloons—as well as single-use drinks containers, unless their caps and lids remain attached. David Meyer, Fortune, "Plastic Pollution Crisis: Single-Use Straws May Be Banned Across Europe," 28 May 2018 There’s a cutting board, mini hot plate, a set of cutlery, a single pot and pan, as well as a dish rack. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "All-in-one portable kitchen designed for millennials short on time and space," 6 July 2018 At the beach, the less cutlery required, the better. S.pellegrino®, Bon Appetit, "A Beach Picnic, L.A. Chef–Style," 25 June 2018 Plastic Code 6: Polystryene Brittle, hard plastics — including yogurt containers, egg boxes, fast food trays, video cases, disposable cutlery, vending cups and coat hangers. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Do you take recycling seriously? Here's how Sacramento's waste rules are changing," 10 July 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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