from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Tableware that is fairly flat and fashioned usually of a single piece, as plates.
  • n. Table utensils such as knives, forks, and spoons.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Eating utensils; cutlery, such as forks, knives and spoons.
  • n. plates, dishes and other relatively flat crockery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. eating utensils such as knives, forks, and spoons, considered collectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ceramics, plates, dishes, saucers, and the like, collectively, as distinguished from hollow-ware.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tableware that is relatively flat and fashioned as a single piece
  • n. silverware eating utensils


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