fa·​ience fā-ˈän(t)s How to pronounce faience (audio)
variants or faïence
: earthenware decorated with opaque colored glazes

Examples of faience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the dome clocks were made using a technique called Longwy enamel (named for the town in France where the technique originated) on faience (a type of ceramic), which involves applying a thick glaze that is then carved in relief. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 20 Apr. 2023 Rounding out this month’s items are a fine-quality silver spoon, a spelter sculpture and a faience bowl, all from France. Jerry L. Dobesh | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 6 Mar. 2023 Your plates are hand-decorated Quimper faience pottery, made by the Dumaine-Tanquere-Henriot Factory in Brittany, France, and are likely saucers for tea or coffee cups. oregonlive, 2 July 2022 Many were made of gold, while some were made of semiprecious stones, fired clay, or faience. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 24 Jan. 2023 One such top made of ivory, ebony, and faience was found in the tomb of the infamous young pharaoh Tutankhamun, aka King Tut. Sean Mowbray, Discover Magazine, 12 Jan. 2023 There are dishes fired in a faience factory in Gien, France, and spiral goblets and flutes hand-blown in Italy. Marni Elyse Katz, Robb Report, 12 Dec. 2022 The highlight is a steatite and faience (types of scarabs) necklace estimated at $650,000. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 17 Nov. 2022 Its arms were folded across its chest, hands clasping a flail and crooked scepter made of gold and a ceramic glaze known as faience. Jo Marchant, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


French, from Faenza, Italy

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of faience was in 1714

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“Faience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faience. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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