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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a sock/underwear/cutlery etc drawer (=containing socks, underwear etc)
▪ He hid the gun in his sock drawer.
▪ The pull-out cutlery drawer can be lifted out for easy unloading.
▪ He wedged the knife upright in the cutlery drawer while jamming it shut with one knee.
▪ I tell you what, while you're on your feet, get me the cutlery drawer out and the metal polish.
a canteen of cutlery
▪ Bone, plastic, wood or pearl-handled cutlery Exposure to very hot water can soften the glue holding the handle in place.
▪ Ensure that cutlery which has been cleaned using chemicals gets a thorough washing before going back into the dining room.
▪ He wedged the knife upright in the cutlery drawer while jamming it shut with one knee.
▪ His brief was to design an item of cutlery with and not for a disabled student.
▪ She observed that I was the typical Americanthe third variant of eaters-who uses cutlery in what she called the most time-consuming manner.
▪ The pull-out cutlery drawer can be lifted out for easy unloading.
▪ They were gleaming in the lamplight, like the cutlery at some demonic supper party.
▪ We shall therefore say that knife, fork and spoon are quasi-hyponyms of cutlery, and cutlery is a quasi-superordinate.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cutlery \Cut"ler*y\ (k[u^]t"l[~e]r*[y^]), n.

  1. The business of a cutler.

  2. Edged or cutting instruments, collectively, especially knives for cutting food.

  3. eating utensils such as knives, forks, and spoons.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., cutellerie, "art or trade of knife-making," from Old French coutelerie "cutlery, knife-making" (13c., Modern French coutellerie) "cutting utensils," also "knife-making," from coutel "knife," from Latin cultellus (see cutlass). Meaning "knives and forks collectively" is from 1836.


n. 1 A collective ensemble of eating and serving utensils such as knife, forks and spoons. 2 The business of a cutler.

  1. n. a cutting implement; a tool for cutting [syn: cutter, cutting tool]

  2. tableware implements for cutting and eating food [syn: eating utensil]


Cutlery includes any hand implement used in preparing, serving, and especially eating food in the Western world. A person who makes or sells cutlery is called a cutler. The city of Sheffield in England has been famous for the production of cutlery since the 17th century and a train – the Master Cutler – running from Sheffield to London was named after the industry.

Cutlery is more usually known as silverware or flatware in the United States, where cutlery usually means knives and related cutting instruments. Although the term silverware is used irrespective of the material composition of the utensils, the term tableware has come into use to avoid the implication that they are made of silver.

The major items of cutlery in the Western world are the knife, fork and spoon. In recent times, hybrid versions of cutlery have been made combining the functionality of different eating implements, including the spork (spoon / fork), spife (spoon / knife), and knork (knife / fork) or the sporf which combines all three.

Usage examples of "cutlery".

James, the first thing is to have a dish of hot soapy water to stick the cutlery into after each course, and a place to scrape away the leavings.

They claim to have all the cutlery we need, but people never have enough forks.

The thing cackled with laughter and dumped what must have been the contents of a silverware drawer out onto the roadway, for there was the clatter and clang of cutlery as the contents of the drawer fell together below.

He arranged, as he spoke, the angles of cutlery to glass, of nappery to butter dish.

As our waiter had begun to stack the dishes and cutlery, my brand-new friend held dishes, glassware, and an empty bottle from wine in one broad hand.

M lay his large head, as if it weighed fifty pounds and the muscles of his neck had given in, upon his cutlery, and he closed his eyes.

He set everything down, then dumped the cutlery on the table and pulled out a chair.

Noting the nautical salt cellars, the sailing-ship serviettes, and the scallop-ended cutlery, Rohain forced a smile.

Beyond the boundaries of her place lay the cutlery to be shared: the suckett forks, condiment spoons, Sugar shells, mote spoons, pickle forks, butter picks, nut picks, cheese scoops, horseradish spoons, and various others, not to be confused with the soup ladles, fish slicers, jelly servers, snuff spoons, and wick scissors to be wielded by the servants.

Among this collection of choice cutlery I notist the bow and arrer which those hot-heded old chaps used to conduct battles with.

Its only door led into the kitchen, where Pitman sat with his cutlery and silver polish.

Shelves lined the walls from floor to ceil ing, and there was a small table and two chairs, and a servery cabinet which held a sink, crockery, cutlery, an electric kettle and a small microwave.

Amid the gnash and clash of cutlery on china and the humming conversation he ate in silence, feeling from time to time the many curious eyes inspecting him.

An old olive-wood gateleg table holding handwoven place mats, ceramic plates, and cutlery was sheltered from the sun by a lacy network of jasmine trees growing up from the other side of the stucco wall.

Then they both crouched, picking up goblets, cutlery, broken plate, while the guards and the face in the door watched bemusedly, and Talis examined the remains of his meal.