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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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 Food is served in paper boats; flatware in the caddies on tables are bamboo sporks. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "International flavors, down at the corner bar, are an American experience," 3 July 2018 Article: Save up to 60 percent off select furniture, including seating, pillows, flatware, and lamps. Emily Heller, Curbed, "Where to shop the best 4th of July home goods sales," 29 June 2018 Orders have far exceeded expectations, Ms. Duryea said; most of the ceramics and flatware have been sold out for over a month but will be back in stock soon. New York Times, "Disrupting the Dishes," 5 May 2018 Finally, some versatile flatware that works well for kids and that adults can use without the risk of self-infantilization. Sunset, "10 Kid-Friendly Picnic Essentials," 22 Jan. 2018 People bought flatware made overseas, made of cheaper materials requiring less skilled fabrication. Michael Stilwell, Popular Mechanics, "Made in the USA: One Awesome Thing Built in Each State," 29 June 2017 Interest in copper on Pinterest is up 90 percent, and its uses are versatile: Add a touch of glamour to a tablescape with a copper vase, make a statement with a copper light fixture or try out copper flatware. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "7 Best Spring Home Decor Trends To Refresh Your Home," 22 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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