Cutlery is a fancy word for silverware or flatware. It refers specifically to the pieces we set on our tables on a daily basis: forks, knives and spoons. (People are never cutlery even if their surname makes it seem like they should be.) The term can be associated with any type of utensil, even though most connect it to knives and other cutting tools. Flatware, usually refers to spoons and forks that are made flat and then beaten or pressed into shape.