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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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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Organic shapes and neutral colors lend everything a warm, personal touch, while matte-gold flatware adds an appropriate dose of festivity. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 Each one holds up to 12 place settings at once, come with removable flatware baskets, and are Energy Star qualified. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Built-in Dishwasher," 11 Feb. 2019 Ideally, wipe your flatware down with a soft cloth after washing. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 The flatware is available in a variety of colors, and can be mixed and matched to create a truly unique-looking dinner table. Stephanie Wu, Town & Country, "Tableware Guaranteed to Spice Up Your Next Dinner Party," 13 June 2014 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

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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

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

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