variants or less commonly delft or delph
plural -s
now dialectal, England : excavation
usually : mine, quarry
: pond
also : drain, ditch
: a square heraldic bearing used as an abatement and supposed to represent a square sod

Word History


Middle English delf, from Old English gedelf, from delfan to dig

First Known Use

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of delf was in 1723

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“Delf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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