fa·​ience | \ fā-ˈän(t)s How to pronounce faience (audio) , fī-, -ˈäⁿs \
variants: or faïence

Definition of faience

: earthenware decorated with opaque colored glazes

Examples of faience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But what about the cute little faience hippo in the same vitrine? New York Times, 6 Jan. 2022 His motifs were transferred onto white Creil-Montereau faience in a complex process that involved laying the cut-out proofs on the ceramic blanks and putting them in the kiln. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2021 Here Belzoni found the mummified bull and numerous ushabtis, figurines made of wood and faience that would serve the deceased in the afterlife. National Geographic, 25 June 2020 Made of amethyst, bone, faience, glass, turquoise, and umber, and including phallic amulets, scarabs, a woman, a dancing satyr, and a head of Dionysus, they are thought to be the treasure box of a sorceress. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, 28 Oct. 2019 Olérys and Laugier manufactory sugar castor from Moustiers (c. 1750) Photo: Sidney R. Knafel Collection French faience has its roots in Italy, its name derived from the northern Italian city Faenza, an important producer of majolica. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, 1 Jan. 2019 Coppola spent decades visiting, drawing, and researching the tile, terracotta, and faience artworks that give NYC commuters a daily dose of art. Curbed Staff, Curbed, 14 Dec. 2018 Among the artifacts found were a gilded silver mummy mask, fragments of mummy cartonnages, canopic cylindrical jars and marl clay and faience cups. Fox News, 2 Oct. 2018 The royal figurine is made of faience, a glass-like material that was popular in jewelry and small human and animal figurines in ancient Egypt and the Near East. Fox News, 10 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of faience

1714, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for faience

French, from Faenza, Italy

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“Faience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faience. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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