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Table Setting Terms
The space allotted the diner on which tableware is placed.
Eating utensils with a cutting edge, such as steak knives.
A collective term for plates, bowls, cups and saucers.
Utensils manufactured from flattened sheets of metal cut and stamped into form; ware that lays flat on the table, such as a knife, fork, and spoon.
Non-stemmed drinking vessels, such as tumblers and bar glasses; also glass plates, cups, and bowls.
Serveware with height and depth that is hollow in the center; for example, a water pitcher or a coffeepot.
The space, or "setting," on the table where the dinnerware, stemware, and flatware are placed.
Utility ware used to serve a meal; for example, platters, trays, and bowls.
Tableware that matches, such as dinnerware, flatware, and stemware ornamented with the same motif.
A term that encompasses dinnerware, flatware, glassware, and linens.
An inclusive word for dinnerware, flatware, and glassware; the ware from which food and drink are taken.
A non-stemmed glass with a flat or semi-round base, such as a bar glass.
- Mike Lininger, Editor, Etiquette Scholar
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