from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A receptacle for tableknives. Compare knife-basket, knife-box.


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  • Servants should have a silver or plated knife-tray to remove the gravy-spoon and carving knife and fork before removing the platter.

    Manners and Social Usages

  • So, whenever the cloths were changed, the trunk had to be pushed away under some projecting shelves to make room for opening the closet-door (as the under table-cloth must be taken out first), then the trunk was pushed back to make room for it to be opened for the upper table-cloth, and, after all, it was necessary to push the trunk away again to open the closet-door for the knife-tray.

    The Peterkin Papers

  • "There be the right keys," nodding to the two on the wall, "and there be the wrong ones," nodding towards an old knife-tray, into which he had angrily thrown the rusty keys, upon entering his lodge last night, accompanied by the crowd.

    The Channings

  • My bread - basket, knife-tray, sugar-basket, are all of this humble material.

    The Backwoods of Canada Being Letters From The Wife of an Emigrant Officer, Illustrative of the Domestic Economy of British America

  • It was never more unluckily displayed than in the present instance; for her audience and spectators, consisting of the landlady, a waiter, and a Welsh boy, who just entered the room with a knife-tray in his hand, were all more inclined to burst into rude laughter than to join in gentle sympathy.

    Tales and Novels — Volume 01


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