Definition of ware noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//weə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wer//
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  1. 1[uncountable] (in compounds) objects made of the material or in the way or place mentioned ceramic ware a collection of local ware basketware see also earthenware, flatware, glassware, silverware
  2. 2[uncountable] (in compounds) objects used for the purpose or in the room mentioned bathroom ware ornamental ware homeware see also kitchenware, tableware
  3. 3wares [plural] (old-fashioned) things that somebody is selling, especially in the street or at a market He travelled from town to town selling his wares.
  4. Word OriginOld English waru ‘commodities’, of Germanic origin, perhaps the same word as Scots ware ‘cautiousness’, and having the primary sense ‘object of care’.
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