flat·​ware | \ ˈflat-ˌwer \

Definition of flatware

: relatively flat tableware especially : eating and serving utensils (such as knives, forks, and spoons) — compare hollowware

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Synonyms for flatware


silver, silverware, tableware

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Examples of flatware in a Sentence

asked for inexpensive stemware and flatware for their wedding

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Department stores that used to feature such American brands as Oneida and Lenox have increasingly turned to generic flatware made in China. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, "How China Built a Steel Behemoth and Convulsed World Trade," 24 Dec. 2018 In either event, most of the ship gets turned into razor blades and flatware. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Having a Hell of a Time Dismantling the USS Enterprise," 9 Aug. 2018 The collection features everything from plates and bowls to coordinating serving platters, linen napkins, a table runner, and a simple, elegant flatware set. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "You'll Want Everything From Reese Witherspoon's New Fall Crate & Barrel Collection," 11 Sep. 2018 Decor is polished, with warm woods, black accents, and brass flatware; there's a small patio that overlooks the bay. Archana Ram, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from San Diego," 5 Mar. 2018 For flatware, consider a packable set or the ultimate mobile eating utensil, the chopstick. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Sad Sack No More: Chic Portable Wares for a Better Packed Lunch," 24 Aug. 2018 American AirlinesStarting this month in its lounges, American will replace all plastic straws with biodegradable straws, swap plastic drink picks with wooden ones, and start offering eco-friendly flatware. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "All of the Travel Companies and Places Phasing Out Single-Use Plastics," 13 July 2018 Additionally, after the September 11 attacks, airlines stopped buying metal flatware for in-flight use—a $25 million loss for Oneida. Michael Stilwell, Popular Mechanics, "Made in the USA: One Awesome Thing Built in Each State," 29 June 2017 Simple flatware and glassware keep the eyes on the table decor's color, while offering a practical sense of refined elegance. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "This Greek Luncheon Tablescape Celebrates Easter Decorations Without Becoming Cliché," 24 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of flatware

1746, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flatware was in 1746

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English Language Learners Definition of flatware

: forks, spoons, and knives used for serving and eating food

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