I. adjective Date: circa 1586 1. free from stain or stigma <
the stainless purity of his boyish life — Oscar Wilde
2. a. highly resistant to stain or corrosion b. made from materials resistant to stain <
stainless silverware
stainlessly adverb II. noun Date: 1953 tableware made of stainless steel

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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