noun \ˈpyü-tər\

: a dull gray metal that is a mixture of tin and usually lead

Full Definition of PEWTER

:  any of various alloys having tin as chief component; especially :  a dull alloy with lead formerly used for domestic utensils
:  utensils of pewter
:  a bluish gray
pewter adjective

Origin of PEWTER

Middle English, from Anglo-French peutre, from Vulgar Latin *piltrum
First Known Use: 14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Tin-based alloy used to make domestic utensils. Pewter dates back at least 2,000 years, to Roman times. Ancient pewter contained about 70% tin and 30% lead. Such pewter, also called black metal, darkened greatly with age, and the lead readily leached out in contact with acidic foods. Pewter with little or no lead is of finer quality, and alloys that include antimony and bismuth are more durable and shinier. Modern pewter is about 91% tin, 7.5% antimony, and 1.5% copper; the absence of lead makes it safe to use for foods and beverages. The surface of modern pewter is bluish white with either a bright finish or a soft, satin sheen. It resists tarnish, retaining its colour and finish indefinitely.


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