Definition of cutler in English:



  • A person who makes or sells cutlery.

    • ‘Because their wares were sold to ship captains for use as currency to buy slaves, the Sheffield cutlers wrote, they might be expected to favor the slave trade.’
    • ‘About 30 were made to the Major's personal design by a cutler in Shortland Street.’
    • ‘She trudged past the cutler's and after another few yards was all but blown against the door of the Scurlocks' home.’
    • ‘The Cutlers' Company was granted a charter under the master cutler in 1624.’
    • ‘In New York, Lucas & Shepard, white smiths and cutlers from Birmingham and Sheffield, made ‘steel pads with sets of bits.’’
    • ‘Taverns and shops stood shoulder-to-shoulder with carpet stalls, cutlers, and street-side grills that gave off delicious smells, but that, too, faded as Brandark turned down a wide avenue.’
    • ‘Names like Lucy intrigued me, but could I really take the name of the one saint that all cutlers pray to?’
    • ‘Manchester United came out of the Yorkshire and Lancashire railways, Sheffield United out of the Sheffield cutlers and Arsenal out of the Woolwich Arsenal.’
    • ‘The ‘open’ nature of industrial society in Sheffield, and the reluctance on the part of cutlers and grinders to engage in corporate forms of production, showed a remarkable persistence.’
    • ‘The cutlers of Solingen destroyed foundries that made cheap, cast-iron implements, the Rhine bargemen attacked the steamships that were stealing their trade, and Rhineland peasants surged into the forests to cut wood.’
    • ‘Considering the political instability of the seventeenth century in Britain, the illustrations show that British craftsmen were producing remarkable examples of the cutler's art.’
    • ‘Mirror makers, picture framers, artists, cutlers, wig-makers, glass sellers, haberdashers and tailors all jostled for business alongside numerous coffee houses and taverns.’
    • ‘Two suggestions for the guild are the cutlers (who would use ivory for handles) and locksmiths (for whom both elephants and castles would symbolise security).’
    • ‘A most unusual feature of this particular volume is a compilation of the marks of the cutlers, and other edge tool makers, compiled by the Cutlers' Company beginning in 1554.’
    • ‘The retired cutler became one of Britain's oldest qualified coaches after coming through the McDonald's FA coaching programme.’
    • ‘The name of the last cutler has been previously identified on blades from the Fort St. Joseph Museum.’
    • ‘He was followed by saddler Daniel Lenehan and then cutler John Marsh.’
    • ‘The opposite end of the knife world is the renowned custom cutler who labors over incredibly beautiful blades of his own design.’
    • ‘At that time his occupation may have focused more on a craft - perhaps that of cutler - than on commerce.’
    • ‘Traditionally they were performed by tradesmen such as plasterers, capmakers, cutlers and scriveners.’


Middle English: from Old French coutelier, from coutel ‘knife’, from Latin cultellus, diminutive of culter ‘knife, ploughshare’. Compare with coulter.