earth·​en·​ware | \ˈər-thən-ˌwer, -t͟hən-\

Definition of earthenware 

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

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Synonyms for earthenware


crockery, pottery, stoneware

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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

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The dog lies on a simple wooden table nestled next to familiar objects: a bundle of firewood, a lidded earthenware jar, a wicker fruit basket, and a pair of wooden sandals, presumably those of its master or mistress. Arthur Wheelock, WSJ, "Well-Worn Life, Frozen In Time," 19 Oct. 2018 The glossy earthenware bowl is also included and easy to wipe clean. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Stylish Pet Furniture Picks," 22 Jan. 2018 They were found in the earthenware vessel covered in a thick layer of clay. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Discover They’ve Been Excavating Lost Assyrian City," 15 May 2018 This food falls into the category known as nabemono or nabe, traditionally made in Japanese earthenware called donabe, often on a portable burner at the table. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Comfort Food That Brings the Whole Table Together," 9 May 2018 The folded earthenware vessel coated in Ferrari-red car paint by Ann Van Hoey introduces the tension of ostentatious consumerism. Amy Verner, Vogue, "Dame Helen Mirren Presents Scottish Ceramist Jennifer Lee With the Second Annual Loewe Craft Prize," 4 May 2018 Inside the earthenware cooking pot were 500 coins, 12 of them gold, the rest silver. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "15th Century Pot of Gold (and Silver) Found in the Netherlands," 16 Mar. 2018 By 1913, Grimwades operated five factories and was one of the largest producers of earthenware in the Staffordshire region. Anne Mccollam, Houston Chronicle, "Patriotic pitcher was an inspiration," 16 Feb. 2018 With a self-watering wick and pleated sides that accommodate growing plants, this earthenware planter is perfect for new plant parents whose thumbs are more brown than green. Ali Slagle, Bon Appetit, "The Mugs That Our Favorite Ceramicists Can't Live Without," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of earthenware

circa 1624, in the meaning defined above

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earth·​en·​ware | \ˈər-thən-ˌwer \

Kids Definition of earthenware

: things (as dishes) made of baked clay

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