The spoons, forks, and knives in your kitchen drawer? They're collectively referred to as cutlery, the implements you use when you eat food. Dig in!

You can use the noun cutlery for every single kitchen tool you use to serve or prepare food, but it's most commonly used for the ones you put beside your plate when you set the table. Other terms for cutlery include flatware and silverware. As you might guess from the cut within the word, cutlery was originally used only for cutting utensils — knives, in other words.

Definitions of cutlery
  1. noun
    tableware implements for cutting and eating food
    synonyms: eating utensil
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    cutlery used for serving and eating food
    a piece of cutlery with a shallow bowl-shaped container and a handle; used to stir or serve or take up food
    trademark for a plastic eating utensil that has both tines and a bowl like a spoon
    table knife
    a knife used for eating at dining table
    butter knife
    a small knife with a dull blade; for cutting or spreading butter
    carving fork
    a large fork used in carving cooked meat
    case knife
    a metal blade with a handle; used as cutlery
    dessert spoon
    a spoon larger than a teaspoon and smaller than a tablespoon
    fish knife
    a small table knife with a spatula blade used for eating fish
    runcible spoon
    a fork-like spoon with a cutting edge; coined by Edward Lear
    salad fork
    a fork intended for eating salads
    soup spoon, soupspoon
    a spoon with a rounded bowl for eating soup
    steak knife
    a sharp table knife used in eating steak
    sugar shell, sugar spoon
    a spoon for serving sugar; often made in the shape of a seashell
    a fork for eating at a dining table
    a spoon larger than a dessert spoon; used for serving
    tea maker
    a covered spoon with perforations
    a small spoon used for stirring tea or coffee; holds about one fluid dram
    toasting fork
    long-handled fork for cooking or toasting frankfurters or bread etc. (especially over an open fire)
    wooden spoon
    a spoon made of wood
    type of:
    articles for use at the table (dishes and silverware and glassware)
  2. noun
    a cutting implement; a tool for cutting
    synonyms: cutter, cutting tool
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    bolt cutter
    an implement for cutting bolts
    cigar cutter
    an implement for cutting the tip off of a cigar
    a cutting tool that is fitted into a diestock and used for cutting male (external) screw threads on screws or bolts or pipes or rods
    edge tool
    any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)
    glass cutter
    a tool for cutting glass
    tile cutter
    a cutter (tool for cutting) for floor tiles
    adz, adze
    an edge tool used to cut and shape wood
    ax, axe
    an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle
    an edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge
    and edge tool with a blade like a trough for cutting channels or grooves
    hand ax, hand axe
    a stone tool with a cutting edge; the stone is held in the hand and used for chopping
    a hard steel edge tool used to cut gears
    edge tool used as a cutting instrument; has a pointed blade with a sharp edge and a handle
    pick, pickax, pickaxe
    a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends
    carpenter's plane, plane, woodworking plane
    a carpenter's hand tool with an adjustable blade for smoothing or shaping wood
    edge tool used in shaving
    pair of scissors, scissors
    an edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades
    an edge tool for cutting grass; has a long handle that must be held with both hands and a curved blade that moves parallel to the ground
    a large edge tool that cuts sheet metal by passing a blade through it
    reap hook, reaping hook, sickle
    an edge tool for cutting grass or crops; has a curved blade and a short handle
    wire cutter
    an edge tool used in cutting wire
    type of:
    cutting implement
    a tool used for cutting or slicing
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