ta·​ble·​ware | \ ˈtā-bəl-ˌwer How to pronounce tableware (audio) \

Definition of tableware

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

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Synonyms for tableware


flatware, silver, silverware

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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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The restaurant has a 1920s auto-shop vibe with many of the decorations and tableware being inspired by old automotive parts and tools as well as gas pumps, signs and other decor. Austen Erblat,, "Revved-up restaurant: Ford’s Garage coming to Palm Beach County mall," 7 June 2019 Look no further than Year & Day, which offers a selection of minimalistic, tableware at a reasonable price point. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "From Goop Lab to One Kings Lane: 8 New Design Destinations to Know," 7 Nov. 2018 Tomorrow, the store launches a new interiors and lifestyle line, The Webster Home, which includes tableware, objets d’art, and furniture. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Ultimate It-Girl Store, The Webster, Launches a New Home Line," 18 Mar. 2019 Your next set of tableware could be made from a former Norwegian frigate. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Salvagers Raise a Sunken Norwegian Frigate," 5 Mar. 2019 So long, flimsy plastic trays: The meals are also served in courses, on sleek—albeit, still plastic—white tableware. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Delta Is Testing Out 3-Course Meals in Economy," 1 Aug. 2018 Chefs who face the constraints of a sit-down format with classic tableware compensate with visual surprise. Karen Stabiner, New York Times, "For the State-of-the-Art Wedding Feast, ‘Look Is Everything’," 18 June 2018 Sijie, which has room for about 30 diners at a time, is a spice lover’s dream in a casual, homey setting, complete with old-school metal chairs, circular tables, and retro tableware. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things to Do in Hong Kong," 27 Feb. 2018 Champagne flutes and elegant tableware honors the occasion beautifully. Vogue, "Day 10: Entertain With Ease," 12 Nov. 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

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


ta·​ble·​ware | \ ˈtā-bəl-ˌwer How to pronounce tableware (audio) \

Kids Definition of tableware

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

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