You can refer to the knives, forks, and spoons that you eat your food with as flatware. [AM]
(in BRIT, use cutlery)

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  • flatware — flat ware n. eating utensils such as knives, forks, and spoons, considered collectively. Syn: silver. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flatware — 1851, from FLAT (Cf. flat) (adj.) + WARE (Cf. ware) (n.). Originally as distinguished from hollow ware; U.S. sense of domestic cutlery recorded by 1895 …   Etymology dictionary

  • flatware — [flat′wer΄] n. relatively flat tableware; specif., ☆ a) knives, forks, spoons, etc. ☆ b) flat plates, platters, etc.: cf. HOLLOWARE …   English World dictionary

  • flatware — /flat wair /, n. 1. utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food. 2. dishes or containers for the table that are more or less flat, as plates and saucers (distinguished from hollowware). [1850 55; FLAT1 +… …   Universalium

  • flatware — noun Date: 1851 relatively flat tableware; especially eating and serving utensils (as knives, forks, and spoons) compare hollowware …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • flatware — noun a) Eating utensils; cutlery, such as forks, knives and spoons. b) plates, dishes and other relatively flat crockery …   Wiktionary

  • flatware — Synonyms and related words: appliances, brassware, chinaware, clayware, copperware, cutlery, dining utensils, dinnerware, durable goods, durables, earthenware, enamelware, fixtures, flat silver, forks, glassware, graniteware, hard goods, hardware …   Moby Thesaurus

  • flatware — flat|ware [ˈflætˌweə US ˌwer] n [U] AmE knives, forks, and spoons = ↑cutlery …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • flatware — flat|ware [ flæt,wer ] noun uncount AMERICAN 1. ) knives, forks, and spoons that you use for eating rather than serving or cooking: CUTLERY 2. ) flat or nearly flat dishes such as plates, SAUCERS, and PLATTERS …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flatware — n. silverware (i.e. forks, knives, spoons, etc.); flat tableware (i.e. plates, saucers, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

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