Dishes — plates, bowls, and cups — are crockery. If you don't have a dishwasher, you'll have to wash all the crockery from your dinner party by hand.

Crockery most often refers to everyday ceramic tableware, rather than fine, expensive china. You'll set the table with crockery when the occasion is too formal for paper plates but not fancy enough for porcelain. The word crockery arose in the eighteenth century from the now-obsolete crocker, or "potter," which in turn came from the Old English croc, "pot or vessel."

Definitions of crockery
  1. noun
    tableware (eating and serving dishes) collectively
    synonyms: dishware
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    china, chinaware
    dishware made of high quality porcelain
    a small open container usually used for drinking; usually has a handle
    a piece of dishware normally used as a container for holding or serving food
    egg cup, eggcup
    dishware consisting of a small cup for serving a boiled egg
    heat-resistant dishware in which food can be cooked as well as served
    a cup (usually without a handle)
    a dish that is round and open at the top for serving foods
    butter dish
    a small dish (often with a cover) for holding butter at the table
    large deep dish in which food can be cooked and served
    chalice, goblet
    a bowl-shaped drinking vessel; especially the Eucharistic cup
    coffee cup
    a cup from which coffee is drunk
    a dish in the form of a scallop shell
    Dixie cup, paper cup
    a disposable cup made of paper; for holding drinks
    grace cup
    cup to be passed around for the final toast after a meal
    boat, gravy boat, gravy holder, sauceboat
    a dish (often boat-shaped) for serving gravy or sauce
    cylix, kylix
    a shallow drinking cup with two handles; used in ancient Greece
    moustache cup, mustache cup
    a drinking cup with a bar inside the rim to keep a man's mustache out of the drink
    Petri dish
    a shallow dish used to culture bacteria
    ramekin, ramequin
    a small fireproof dish used for baking and serving individual portions
    an ancient Greek drinking cup; two handles and footed base
    serving dish
    a dish used for serving food
    sugar bowl
    a dish in which sugar is served
    a cup from which tea is drunk
    watch glass
    laboratory glassware; a shallow glass dish used as an evaporating surface or to cover a beaker
    willow-pattern, willowware
    chinaware decorated with a blue Chinese design on a white background depicting a willow tree and often a river
    type of:
    articles for use at the table (dishes and silverware and glassware)
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