Ware is a particular type of item — luster ware is a kind of ceramic with a shiny metallic finish. Fiesta ware is a brand of colorful tabletop china that first became popular in the 1930s.

The word shows up as a suffix, too — software, silverware, dinnerware — where it means articles of the same type or within the same category. A warehouse is a place where goods or raw materials are stored. When the word's plural, it means merchandise — when you display your wares in your shop, you're showing what you've got for sale.

Definitions of ware
  1. noun
    articles of the same kind or material; usually used in combination: `silverware', `software'
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    Holy Grail
    (legend) chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper
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    article of commerce
    an article that is offered for sale
    household articles made of metal (especially for use at table)
    articles for use at the table (dishes and silverware and glassware)
    ware for domestic use made of wood
    one of a pair of slender sticks used as oriental tableware to eat food with
    crockery, dishware
    tableware (eating and serving dishes) collectively
    cutlery, eating utensil
    tableware implements for cutting and eating food
    the tableware (plates and platters and serving bowls etc.) used in serving a meal
    tableware that is relatively flat and fashioned as a single piece
    glassware, glasswork
    an article of tableware made of glass
    gold plate
    tableware that is plated with gold
    service, table service
    tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table
    silver plate
    tableware that is plated with silver
    tableware made of silver or silver plate or pewter or stainless steel
    tea service, tea set
    a set of china or silverware for serving tea
    articles of commerce made of tin plate
    enameled or lacquered metalware (usually gilded and elaborately painted); popular in the 18th century
    wooden spoon
    a spoon made of wood
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    one of a class of artifacts
  2. noun
    commodities offered for sale
    synonyms: merchandise, product
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    cargo, consignment, freight, lading, load, loading, payload, shipment
    goods carried by a large vehicle
    goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law
    an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles
    any product that can be sold without a brand name
    the merchandise that is sold in an ironmonger's shop
    irregular, second
    merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name
    business line, line, line of business, line of merchandise, line of products, product line
    a particular kind of product or merchandise
    an item of merchandise offered for sale
    a commercial product that refills a container with its appropriate contents
    merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film)
    dreck, schlock, shlock
    merchandise that is shoddy or inferior
    software package, software product
    merchandise consisting of a computer program that is offered for sale
    inventory, stock
    the merchandise that a shop has on hand
    top of the line
    the best (most expensive) in a given line of merchandise
    piece goods, yard goods
    merchandise in the form of fabrics sold by the yard
    drawing card, leader, loss leader
    a featured article of merchandise sold at a loss in order to draw customers
    generic drug
    when the patent protection for a brand-name drug expires generic versions of the drug can be offered for sale if the FDA agrees
    an auxiliary line of merchandise
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    commodity, good, trade good
    articles of commerce
  3. verb
    spend extravagantly
    synonyms: consume, squander, waste
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    dissipate, fool, fool away, fritter, fritter away, frivol away, shoot
    spend frivolously and unwisely
    luxuriate, wanton
    become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously
    lavish, shower
    expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns
    spend at a high rate
    fling, splurge
    indulge oneself
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    drop, expend, spend
    pay out
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