from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Items of usually metal tableware, such as bowls, pitchers, teapots, and trays, that serve as containers or receptacles.
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- n. Items such as sugar bowls, creamers, coffee pots, teapots, soup tureens, etc. (but not flatware) intended to accompany the pottery on a table.
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- n. silverware serving dishes
hollow + -ware (Wiktionary)