clay

noun, often attributive
\ ˈklā How to pronounce clay (audio) \

Definition of clay

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : an earthy material that is plastic when moist but hard when fired, that is composed mainly of fine particles of hydrous aluminum silicates and other minerals, and that is used for brick, tile, and pottery specifically : soil composed chiefly of this material having particles less than a specified size
b : earth, mud
2a : a substance that resembles clay in plasticity and is used for modeling
b : the human body as distinguished from the spirit
c : fundamental nature or character the common clay

Clay

biographical name (1)
\ ˈklā How to pronounce Clay (audio) \

Definition of Clay (Entry 2 of 3)

Henry 1777–1852 American statesman and orator

Clay

biographical name (2)

Definition of Clay (Entry 3 of 3)

Lucius Du Bi*gnon \ du̇-​ˈbin-​yən How to pronounce du̇-ˈbin-yən (audio)\ 1897–1978 American general

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Other Words from clay

Noun

clayey \ ˈklā-​ē How to pronounce clayey (audio) \ adjective
clayish \ ˈklā-​ish How to pronounce clayish (audio) \ adjective
claylike \ ˈklā-​ˌlīk How to pronounce claylike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of clay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The three bedroom, three-bath stucco home with a clay tile roof was built in 1923 for Mrs. Mary Wolf and her husband, Joseph. Roxanne Washington, cleveland.com, "Cool Spaces: Cozy ‘castle’ is among eight stops on Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour Sept. 15," 30 Aug. 2019 With help from the program coordinator, Erica Kirkland-Weeks, Sonya instructs participants in every possible media, from watercolor to clay. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "Alabama’s energetic ‘Artlady’ brings light and hope to Drug Court," 28 Aug. 2019 Stay tuned to hear updates on their wet clay room, which is expected to open in early 2020. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 28 Aug. 2019 For years, scientists have generally acknowledged that water existed on Mars, including recent evidence of clay spotted by the Curiosity rover. Fox News, "Ancient Mars was warm and rainy enough to support life, study says," 27 Aug. 2019 Sprint, modified, pure stock and hornet racing on 3/8 mile high banked, clay oval track. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Aug. 26-Sept. 2," 26 Aug. 2019 This has put a spotlight on beauty brands that source their star ingredients from the Amazon: Francisco Costa’s Costa Brazil, with its breu and kaya; Rahua Beauty, with its ungurahua nut oil; Tarte, with its Amazonian clay and maracuja oil. Jessica L. Yarbrough, Vogue, "Beauty Brands Are Taking Action for the Amazon—Here’s How You Can Too," 26 Aug. 2019 The mummy’s accompanying funerary objects, including a small clay jar, pouches, maize, beans, grasses and coca, will be exhibited in the Bolivian city through November 2. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "500-Year-Old Inca Mummy Repatriated to Bolivia," 22 Aug. 2019 In Mufuma, a tiny community of red clay huts, day turned to night. USA Today, "Were Wanda Tucker’s ancestors America’s first slaves? A difficult search for answers in far-away Angola," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of clay

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for clay

Noun

Middle English, from Old English clǣg; akin to Old High German klīwa bran, Latin gluten glue, Middle Greek glia

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clay

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clay

: a heavy, sticky material from the earth that is made into different shapes and that becomes hard when it is baked or dried

clay

noun
\ ˈklā How to pronounce clay (audio) \

Kids Definition of clay

1 : an earthy material that is sticky and easily molded when wet and hard when baked
2 : a substance like clay that is used for modeling

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