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 powder is mixed with corn starch and a food-grade melamine binder to mold into tableware. Kavita Daswani, Los Angeles Times, "Tableware goes eco-friendly," 6 Sep. 2019 The Japanese tableware producer Kinto, after four decades in business, opened its first brick-and-mortar store last year — at the Row DTLA. Mackenzie Wagoner,, "Browsing: L.A.’s growing market for Japanese houseware," 5 July 2019 Today, the luxury online retailer and Cabana are collaborating to launch a new tableware collection and pop-up shop at 5 Carlos Place, the townhouse in Mayfair. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Cabana and Matches Fashion Team Up to Make Summer Soirées That Much Chicer," 3 Apr. 2019 In the grand colonial period, tableware, menus, etiquette and equipment were dominated by the langue françoise from Madagascar to Moscow. Jim Kempton, Orange County Register, "Follow the French: A look at the French influence on cuisine around the world," 2 Aug. 2019 While the total number and assortment of items is still being finalized, Julien’s experts anticipate that the sale should feature more than 1,000 lots, ranging from clothing and accessories to home furnishings, bed linens, tableware and fine art. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Elizabeth Taylor's Grandson Talks Upcoming Beverly Hills Auction (Exclusive)," 22 July 2019 The list of potential tariff targets at this point includes a wide variety of foods and wines, handbags, books, clothing, metals, knives and tools, art and cosmetic brushes, tableware, and helicopters. NBC News, "Your fancy European wine and cheese may get more pricey — but don't blame Trump," 12 July 2019 The company is looking into selling personalized leather goods, like wallets, and a combination of classic and contemporary tableware, Annie Chachas said. Sophia Kunthara,, "Famed SF retail store Gump’s is coming back. It may just not be in San Francisco.," 29 June 2019 Earlier this month, Washington also scrapped trade preferences that in 2018 gave $6.3 billion worth of Indian exports—including tableware, auto parts and chemicals—duty-free access to the U.S. market. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "The U.S. and India Stumble Toward a Trade War," 27 June 2019

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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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