earth·​en·​ware ˈər-thən-ˌwer How to pronounce earthenware (audio)
: ceramic ware made of slightly porous opaque clay fired at low heat

Examples of earthenware in a Sentence

The dish is made of earthenware. a wide array of hand-painted earthenware available at the craft fair
Recent Examples on the Web Kaylee inherited a tagine (a conical earthenware cooking vessel that shares its name with various hearty stews that are traditionally cooked inside it) from her husband’s grandmother and tried her hand at making traditional North African food. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 1 Feb. 2024 Fertig says soufflés rise more easily in porcelain teacups with smooth sides than in earthenware teacups, which can have a rougher texture. Sarah Gish, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 Adding pottery, earthenware ceramics, and terra cotta objects give you that organic, earthy feel. Laura Drummond, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Jan. 2024 When Mexico City was named the World Design Capital for 2018, many ascribed the distinction to an aesthetic that brings Mexico's disparate creative traditions — from textiles and earthenware to the great modernist boom of the 1950s — into conversation with one another. Michael Snyder, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023 Her kitchen now features tagines, North African earthenware pots. Kim Cook, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Dec. 2023 Those celebrating typically light candles, set off fireworks and line homes, temples and riverbanks with rows of diyas, or earthenware oil lamps — a tradition that gives the celebration its name. Sammy Westfall, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2023 The designer clothing website Matches now offers a garden’s worth of veggie earthenware from the 139-year-old Portuguese ceramics manufactory Bordallo Pinheiro, including plates that look like ragwort leaves, each affixed with a high relief ladybug. Alexa Brazilian Mari Maeda and Yuji Oboshi, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2023 Hidden in the home decor section are earthenware vases (along with other silhouettes from the same line). Cortne Bonilla, Vogue, 10 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1624, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of earthenware was circa 1624

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“Earthenware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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earth·​en·​ware -ˌwa(ə)r How to pronounce earthenware (audio)
: articles (as dishes or ornaments) made of baked clay

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