- The definition of a ware is a good or a thing that can be bought or sold, or pottery made from clay.
- An example of a ware is a knitted cap sold at a holiday gift fair.
- An example of a ware is a kitchen ceramic such as yellowware.
ware definition by Webster's New World
- any piece or kind of goods that a store, merchant, peddler, etc. has to sell; also, any skill or service that one seeks to sell: usually used in pl.
- things, usually of the same general kind, that are for sale; a (specified) kind of merchandise, collectively: generally in compounds: hardware, earthenware, glassware
- dishes made of baked and glazed clay; pottery, or a specified kind or make of pottery
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English waru, merchandise, specialized use of waru, watchful care, in the sense “what is kept safe”: for Indo-European base see guard
- aware; conscious (of)
- on one's guard; ready; wary
- prudent; cautious; wise
Origin: Middle English war ; from Old English wær ; from base of waru: see ware
ware definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An article of commerce.
- An immaterial asset or benefit, such as a service or personal accomplishment, regarded as an article of commerce.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English waru, goods; see wer-3 in Indo-European roots.
transitive verb wared wared, war·ing, wares Archaic
- Watchful; wary.
Origin: Middle English waren, from Old English warian; see wer-3 in Indo-European roots. Adj., Middle English; see wary.
- Articles of the same general kind, made of a specified material, or used in a specific application: hardware; silverware.
- Software: groupware; shareware.
Origin: From ware1. Sense 2, from (soft)ware.