flat·​ware | \ ˈflat-ˌwer How to pronounce flatware (audio) \

Definition of flatware

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

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Examples of flatware in a Sentence

asked for inexpensive stemware and flatware for their wedding
Recent Examples on the Web On Tuesdays, all lunches across the district consist solely of finger foods and no flatware is offered. New York Times, 27 Sep. 2021 There's a 20-piece flatware set that's marked down from $20 to $10, which comes out to just 50 cents per utensil. Isabel Garcia, PEOPLE.com, 1 Sep. 2021 To be less wasteful, participants are asked to bring their own plate and flatware to minimize use of disposable items. courant.com, 13 Aug. 2021 Adaptive flatware—intended for use by, say, someone with quadriplegia or A.L.S., with adjustable metal rings that make handles easier to grip—is available upon request. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 30 July 2021 In that cabinet is the silver flatware from John’s mother and the antique crystal Aunt Bertha gave us. oregonlive, 21 July 2021 Disposable flatware and serving items are not better than reusables at preventing the spread of illness and cannot be sanitized the way that reusable items can. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 21 July 2021 Of course, fine china, everyday dinnerware, silverware, and everyday flatware are at the top of most Southern registries. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 4 June 2021 This set displays fancy designs with subtlety that is sure to pair well with your flatware and stoneware. Chris Hachey, BGR, 22 June 2021

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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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30 Sep 2021

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“Flatware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flatware. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flatware

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

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