Definition of flatware in US English:



North American
  • 1Eating utensils such as knives, forks, and spoons.

    • ‘The coconut-shell flatware and serving utensils are fashionably cool.’
    • ‘Eight people rushed into the dining room, found the plates and the napkins and the flatware and had the thing ready to go in 30 seconds.’
    • ‘The figures on the flatware appear to be exact copies of figures designed originally to be applied to a small tankard.’
    • ‘If these designations as fish-eating flatware are correct, it means that the Number 5 knife was used interchangeably as either a fruit knife or fish knife.’
    • ‘He had mannerisms and style in the way he held the flatware and even in the way he sipped at his after supper tea that especially delighted Lady Miller.’
    • ‘It is not a fancy building, but everything in the dining room is of high quality, from the chairs and the table linens to the flatware and the oil paintings of Napoleon that ring the room.’
    • ‘Some of the decorative subjects on the Gorham knives and forks and other flatware presented here are discussed in the appendix.’
    silverware, plate, silver plate
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    1. 1.1 Relatively flat dishes such as plates and saucers.
      The opposite of hollowware
      • ‘In 1961 she moved to Camden, Arkansas, where she created jewelry, hollowware, flatware, decorative wares, and personal accessories.’
      • ‘We eat off beautiful porcelain flatware every night but we don't own a bed.’
      • ‘The team fashioned the biodegradable plastic into disposable flatware and plates that break down when composted.’
      • ‘When you pack flatware like plates, saucers, etc., wrap each item separately and then combine in groups of three.’
      • ‘Consequently no new patterns of flatware or hollowware were introduced by the leading makers, and after the war the companies resurrected old patterns.’