Etymology
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flatware (n.)

1851, from flat (adj.), which was used from late 14c. of plates, dishes, saucers in a sense "shallow; smooth-surfaced" + ware (n.). Originally as distinguished from hollow ware; U.S. sense of "domestic cutlery" recorded by 1895.

updated on November 22, 2014

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Definitions of flatware from WordNet

flatware (n.)
tableware that is relatively flat and fashioned as a single piece;
flatware (n.)
silverware eating utensils;
Synonyms: silver
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