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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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The first known use of delft was in 1711

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Cite this Entry

“Delft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a Dutch pottery with a white glaze and blue decoration

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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