Utensil vs. Cutlery

By Jaxson

  • Cutlery

    Cutlery includes any hand implement used in preparing, serving, and especially eating food in Western culture. A person who makes or sells cutlery is called a cutler. The city of Sheffield in England has been famous for the production of cutlery since the 17th century and a train – the Master Cutler – running from Sheffield to London was named after the industry. Bringing affordable cutlery to the masses, stainless steel was developed in Sheffield in the early 20th century.Cutlery is more usually known as silverware or flatware in the United States, where cutlery usually means knives and related cutting instruments. Although the term silverware is used irrespective of the material composition of the utensils, the term tableware has come into use to avoid the implication that they are made of silver.

    The major items of cutlery in Western culture are the knife, fork and spoon. In recent times, hybrid versions of cutlery have been made combining the functionality of different eating implements, including the spork (spoon / fork), spife (spoon / knife), and knork (knife / fork) or the sporf which combines all three.

  • Utensil (noun)

    An instrument or device for domestic use, especially in the kitchen.

    “We have convenient storage for all the kitchen utensils.”

  • Utensil (noun)

    A useful small tool, implement, or vessel.

    “He stocked up on old-style writing utensils.”

  • Cutlery (noun)

    A collective ensemble of knives, forks and spoons.

  • Cutlery (noun)

    The business of a cutler.

  • Utensil (noun)

    a tool, container, or other article, especially for household use

    “kitchen utensils”

  • Cutlery (noun)

    knives, forks, and spoons used for eating or serving food.

  • Cutlery (noun)

    cutting utensils, especially knives for cutting food.

Oxford Dictionary

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