Definition of cutlery in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Knives, forks, and spoons used for eating or serving food.

    • ‘The fish were sent out with heated plates and a new set of cutlery: a knife and three-pronged fork to replace the soup spoons.’
    • ‘Grandma brought a toaster, some plates, mugs, cutlery and food yesterday.’
    • ‘Harel heard her sigh and looked at her poking her food on the fine china plate with the silver cutlery.’
    • ‘I can just see him sitting down to his tea and not being able to pick up his cutlery without twitching his knife and fork backwards and forwards in a rowing motion.’
    • ‘Out would come the silver cutlery and the special plates with the gold decoration.’
    • ‘The customers will be served Indian and Mughlai food in silver cutlery, which no other restaurant can boast of.’
    • ‘Everything - the food, the cutlery, the carpet on her floor, the view from her window - is safe and familiar.’
    • ‘Sailors were assigned to messes, each of around ten to twenty-five men, and equipped with a stowable table, cutlery, plates and a bread bin.’
    • ‘Danny is pushing his food around the plate with his cutlery glumly.’
    • ‘One of the girls that was putting down the cutlery was putting the spoons next to the forks… on the left side of the plate.’
    • ‘They were at the same table, with the same food and cutlery.’
    • ‘The cupboard above the sink is not a cupboard - it's rows of drying racks for your plates, glasses, cutlery, pots and pans.’
    • ‘Don't even imagine spilling a fleck of gravy on it, and it seems a shame to sully that highly polished cutlery with messy old food.’
    • ‘Iris was prevented from answering immediately because as soon as she retrieved her cutlery she forked some pancake into her mouth.’
    • ‘You know, that wacky ritual we do every day involving food and cutlery?’
    • ‘If she used the wrong cutlery for the wrong food, she had to demand a new fork/spoon for the occasion.’
    • ‘Natty got her plates and cutlery and the paintings and all the things that she said she couldn't do without…’
    • ‘It's like being at an all-you-can eat buffet and not having any serving cutlery.’
    • ‘It is in the spoons and cutlery section, however, the book will in many ways prove most useful to collectors, dealers and curators.’
    • ‘Dishes and cutlery were scattered on kitchen tables, unmade beds gaped, just as their occupants had abandoned them.’
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    1. 1.1North American Cutting utensils, especially knives.
      • ‘As the literature says, you need to use a cutting board to protect your cutlery, not the granite.’
      • ‘I arrange some serviettes on the table, along with some cutlery and utensils.’
      • ‘Not for nothing is David Mellor one of the leading designers in this country who has consistently turned out beautiful cutlery and utensils.’
      • ‘She had already been into town that day to buy new cutlery and kitchen utensils.’


Middle English: from Old French coutellerie, from coutelier (see cutler).