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 History of this Word

"ware" is from "warian" spoken by people in England during 450-1100 A.D.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
copperware
giftware
tableware
flatware

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-ware 1" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates articles of a specific type. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-ware illustration My mother left me a set of what I believe is sterling silverware.
-ware illustration Handmade and acid etched glassware sold in department and jewelry stores are featured.