ta·​ble·​ware | \ˈtā-bəl-ˌwer \

Definition of tableware 

: utensils (as of china, glass, or silver) for table use

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Examples of tableware in a Sentence

during the party we ran short of tableware, so I went next door and borrowed some forks and knives the couple would take out their good tableware only on special occasions

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In a range of Insta-friendly hues, Harriet Caslin alters porcelain into unique tableware designs and two-toned lighting, casting a beautiful glow on your next dinner party. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "Go Inside The London Design Festival, AKA Fashion Week For Decor Addicts," 2 Oct. 2018 Think: a simple white LED candelabra; a striking gold plant pot, tealight lantern, and three-tier serving stand; and all sorts of stylish tableware. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Ikea Debuts 2018 Winter Holiday Collection," 28 Sep. 2018 Ty Pennington, the host of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, recently introduced a line of bedding, tableware, and bath accessories for Sears. Nicole Sforza, ELLE Decor, "Ty It All Together," 5 July 2012 Porcelain tableware is usually cast in a mold, but Aigner doesn’t use them. Alex Ronan, Vogue, "Meet the Berlin Artist Making a Million Porcelain Dishes Before She Dies," 1 July 2018 Ancers, a tableware manufacturer in Buenos Aires, has seen its gas bill soar by 48 percent while electricity costs have doubled since the beginning of last year. New York Times, "Argentina Raises Key Rate to 40%, Bringing Economic Uncertainty," 4 May 2018 Opt for the airy feel of stacking tableware, ceramic coffee mugs, tea pots, and more on exposed, floating shelves rather than in heavy above-counter cabinets. Amanda Smith, ELLE Decor, "16 Accents and Finishes for a Timeless Kitchen," 17 Apr. 2018 Today, the site sashays into the world of interior decor, with whimsical tablewares by Gucci, La Double J, and more. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, " Launches Homeware—Because Gucci Shouldn’t Be Limited to Your Closet," 2 July 2018 Colorful tableware by Chabi Chic Morocco and a striped runner and napkins by Heather Taylor Home lend a worldly feel. Sarah Storms, ELLE Decor, "How To Host a Modern Moroccan-Themed Party," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of tableware

1766, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tableware

: dishes, glasses, knives, forks, etc., that are used for serving and eating food at a table


ta·​ble·​ware | \ˈtā-bəl-ˌwer \

Kids Definition of tableware

: utensils (as of china, glass, or silver) for use at the table

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