earth·​en ˈər-thən How to pronounce earthen (audio) -t͟hən How to pronounce earthen (audio)
: made of earth

Examples of earthen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because of the region’s immense heat, the snakes are stored in wide-brimmed earthen pots, which are covered with cotton cloths and closed with a string. Kamala Thiagarajan, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2023 Presently managed as a national historical park, Ocmulgee is home to large earthen mounds, including temple complexes, created by numerous Native American peoples over thousands of years. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 16 Nov. 2023 Authorities may dig trenches or earthen dams to redirect any flows away from these areas in the event of an eruption, Drouin says. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 14 Nov. 2023 The celebration broke a record for the largest display of earthen oil lamps — 2.2 million — lit in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Sammy Westfall, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2023 In exchange for a cut of Imperial’s water, Metropolitan Water District funded the lining of the earthen All-American Canal and miles of side ditches. Janet Wilson, ProPublica, 9 Nov. 2023 Residents near the Barrett Park Pond dam in Leominster were told to evacuate early Tuesday amid concerns water could burst through its 15-foot earthen embankment, according to the state Department of Recreation and Conservation. John Hilliard,, 12 Sep. 2023 Older versions are aged three to five years, made the traditional way in earthen crocks. Jing Gao, Bon Appétit, 12 Oct. 2023 At least one official indicated the breach may have been caused by someone intentionally cutting through an earthen barrier with machinery. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of earthen was in the 13th century

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“Earthen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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earth·​en ˈər-thən How to pronounce earthen (audio) -t͟hən How to pronounce earthen (audio)
: made of earth or of baked clay
an earthen floor
earthen dishes

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