earth·​en·​ware | \ ˈər-thən-ˌwer How to pronounce earthenware (audio) , -t͟hən- \

Definition of earthenware

: ceramic ware made of slightly porous opaque clay fired at low heat

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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 Milet’s father, Felix Milet, had founded an earthenware factory in the late 19th century. Tribune News Service, al, 7 June 2022 In December 1945, Muhammad Ali—not the boxer but a peasant farmer from Nag Hammadi, a town of Upper Egypt—uncovered an ancient earthenware jar. Michael J. Kruger, WSJ, 6 June 2022 Named after the earthenware pot used to mold its distinctive, loaflike shape, this dish has a specific look, but the flavor combinations are almost limitless. Foren Clark, CNN, 30 May 2022 Thousands of workers at plants in the U.K. and in the U.S. died or suffered permanent injuries in the century between 1851, when majolica was introduced, and 1947, when lead was eliminated from the glazes and the earthenware fell out of style. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 13 Mar. 2022 Inspired by terracotta pots, this installation is made of small handmade earthenware rings. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 4 May 2022 Berrow took up ceramics in early 2020 while on lockdown at her mother’s house in Dorset; her mother, Miranda, is also a ceramist, so Berrow availed herself of her earthenware, kiln and high-sheen glazes. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 Roman made pour-over coffee, decanting it into an earthenware mug. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 All dishes and drinks are enhanced by equally noteworthy tableware, like earthenware festooned with fish motifs and colorful glassware. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of earthenware

circa 1624, in the meaning defined above

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“Earthenware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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earth·​en·​ware | \ ˈər-thən-ˌwer How to pronounce earthenware (audio) \

Kids Definition of earthenware

: things (as dishes) made of baked clay

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