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

Examples of delft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The right red is a bit wrong Eckstrom is using Sherwin-Williams’s Chinese Red on the interior wall of delft blue dining room glass-front cabinets in a client’s 1920s home in Omaha. Kathryn O'Shea Evans, Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2024 The evening featured pieces ranging from rare artworks to vintage accessories, spanning 5,000 years (including some stunning delft pots from the 1700s, Alexander Calder tapestries, and one-of-a-kind Tiffany lamps). Maia Torres, Vogue, 26 Jan. 2024 British designer and homewares brand Petra Palumbo uses a variety of colors in its handcrafted delft tiles. Halee Miller, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Sep. 2023 Antique delft vases are displayed on rococo wall brackets in the East Hampton dining room; the Regency table is surrounded by Federal-style chairs, and the rug is by AM Collections. ELLE Decor, 13 July 2023 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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Word History


Delft, Netherlands

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of delft was in 1711

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Cite this Entry

“Delft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a Dutch pottery with a white glaze and blue decoration

named for Delft, an area in the Netherlands where the pottery was first made

Geographical Definition


geographical name

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.

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