Britannia metal

noun

Bri·​tan·​nia metal bri-ˈtan-yə- How to pronounce Britannia metal (audio)
-ˈta-nē-ə-
: a silver-white alloy largely of tin, antimony, and copper that is similar to pewter

Examples of Britannia metal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The firm's initial products were Britannia metal wares, pewter and German silver items. Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson, Star Tribune, 22 June 2021

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Word History

Etymology

Britannia, poetic name for Great Britain, from Latin

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Britannia metal was in 1798

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“Britannia metal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Britannia%20metal. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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Britannia metal

noun
Bri·​tan·​nia metal bri-ˌtan-yə- How to pronounce Britannia metal (audio)
: a silver-white alloy that is similar to pewter and consists largely of tin, antimony, and copper

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