Variant of ware
- 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, inch(es) the sense “what is kept safe”: for Indo-European base see guard
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