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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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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Even a single Wellfleet oyster ($3) is given every respect: My friend’s arrived atop an earthenware bowl of ice with a slice of lemon and three sauces, including a deeply flavorful cherry mignonette. Joan Wilder,, "Salt Raw Bar offers flavors from around the world," 24 July 2019 Trend-setting restaurants from New York to Singapore are serving natural vintages, fermented in earthenware vessels called qvevri. Alena Hadley, National Geographic, "Taste What's Cooking Across the Globe: 10 Edible Trips," 8 Apr. 2019 This faux aloe plant comes with a neutral earthenware pot for an organic vibe. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "7 of the Best-Looking Fake Plants You Can Buy," 28 Dec. 2018 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 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 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 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 The glossy earthenware bowl is also included and easy to wipe clean. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Stylish Pet Furniture Picks," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of earthenware

circa 1624, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earthenware was circa 1624

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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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