A kitchen utensil is a hand-held,
typically small tool or utensil that is used in
the kitchen, for food-related functions. A cooking
utensil is a utensil used in the kitchen for cooking.
Other names for the same thing, or subsets thereof,
derive from the word "ware", and describe
kitchen utensils from a merchandising (and functional)
point of view: kitchenware, wares for the kitchen;
ovenware and bakeware, kitchen utensils that are
for use inside ovens and for baking; cookware, merchandise
used for cooking; and so forth.
A partially overlapping category of tools is that
of eating utensils, which are tools used for eating
(c.f. the more general category of tableware). Some
utensils are both kitchen utensils and eating utensils.
Cutlery (i.e. knives and other cutting implements)
can be used for both food preparation in a kitchen
and as eating utensils when dining. Other flatwares
such as forks and spoons are both kitchen and eating
Other names used for various types of kitchen utensils,
although not strictly denoting a utensil that is
specific to the kitchen, are according to the materials
they are made of, again using the "-ware"
suffix, rather than their functions: earthenware,
utensils made of clay; silverware, utensils (both
kitchen and dining) made of silver; glassware, utensils
(both kitchen and dining) made of glass; and so
forth. These latter categorizations include utensils
— made of glass, silver, clay, and so forth
— that are not necessarily kitchen utensils.