noun, often attributive
\ ˈdelft How to pronounce delft (audio) \

Definition of delft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : tin-glazed Dutch earthenware with blue and white or polychrome decoration
2 : ceramic ware (such as tiles) resembling or imitative of Dutch delft


geographical name
\ ˈdelft How to pronounce Delft (audio) \

Definition of Delft (Entry 2 of 2)

commune in the southwestern part of the Netherlands population 99,097

Note: Delft is famous for the manufacture of pottery (delftware) especially in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Examples of delft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Country-style flower arrangements interspersed with classic blue-and-white ceramics, from delft vases to Chinese Export figurines, decorate the tables. Jamee Gregory, ELLE Decor, 12 July 2010

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First Known Use of delft


1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for delft


Delft, Netherlands

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“Delft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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