flat·​ware ˈflat-ˌwer How to pronounce flatware (audio)
: relatively flat tableware
especially : eating and serving utensils (such as knives, forks, and spoons) compare hollowware

Example Sentences

asked for inexpensive stemware and flatware for their wedding
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Word History

First Known Use

1746, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flatware was in 1746

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“Flatware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flatware. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


flat·​ware ˈflat-ˌwa(ə)r How to pronounce flatware (audio)
: eating and serving utensils (as forks, spoons, and knives)

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