ironstone

noun
iron·​stone | \ ˈī(-ə)rn-ˌstōn How to pronounce ironstone (audio) \

Definition of ironstone

1 : a hard sedimentary rock rich in iron especially : a siderite in a coal region

Examples of ironstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plates and pitchers from Lisa's collection of ironstone gather on this little dresser—an antiques shop score—in the dining room. Sarah Wolf Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Sep. 2021 This piece is ironstone, with a transfer decoration applied under the glaze. oregonlive, 2 June 2020 An ironstone quarry and active farmlands are also on-site. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 May 2018 Staffordshire made ironstone specifically for the American market. John Benson, cleveland.com, 22 Mar. 2018 Pair curvy pewter and ironstone or ceramic tureens with leggy candlesticks and tiny gourds (which happen to make sweet bottle stoppers). Martha Stewart, star-telegram, 1 Nov. 2017 Adding to the charm: Ironstone is in cozy Gold Rush-era Murphys, a Sierra Foothills town with plenty of good restaurants, wineries and shops. The amphitheater season opens June 10. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 28 May 2017 Using two vessels—an ironstone pitcher and a vintage vase— Lindsey Taylor, WSJ, 13 Jan. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of ironstone

1522, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ironstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ironstone. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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