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.

Primary Meanings of ware

articles of the same kind or material; usually used in combination: `silverware', `software'
commodities offered for sale
spend extravagantly
Full Definitions of ware

n articles of the same kind or material; usually used in combination: `silverware', `software'

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
Type of:
one of a class of artifacts

n commodities offered for sale

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
Type of:
commodity, good, trade good
articles of commerce

v spend extravagantly

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
Type of:
drop, expend, spend
pay out

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