Share this entry

flatware Syllabification: flat·ware
Pronunciation: /ˈflatˌwer/

Definition of flatware in English:


1North American Eating utensils such as knives, forks, and spoons.
Example sentences
  • Some of the decorative subjects on the Gorham knives and forks and other flatware presented here are discussed in the appendix.
  • The coconut-shell flatware and serving utensils are fashionably cool.
  • The figures on the flatware appear to be exact copies of figures designed originally to be applied to a small tankard.
1.1Relatively flat dishes such as plates and saucers. The opposite of hollowware.
Example sentences
  • When you pack flatware like plates, saucers, etc., wrap each item separately and then combine in groups of three.
  • Consequently no new patterns of flatware or hollowware were introduced by the leading makers, and after the war the companies resurrected old patterns.
  • In 1961 she moved to Camden, Arkansas, where she created jewelry, hollowware, flatware, decorative wares, and personal accessories.

Words that rhyme with flatware

adware • hardware • glassware • shapewear

Definition of flatware in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources