majolica

noun
ma·​jol·​i·​ca | \ mə-ˈjä-li-kə How to pronounce majolica (audio) \
variants: or less commonly maiolica \ mə-​ˈyä-​li-​kə How to pronounce maiolica (audio) \

Definition of majolica

1 : earthenware covered with an opaque tin glaze and decorated on the glaze before firing especially : an Italian ware of this kind
2 : a 19th century earthenware modeled in naturalistic shapes and glazed in lively colors

Examples of majolica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Matte-finish tiles were printed with motifs referencing centuries-old intarsia and majolica patterns, and designers liked the idea of using them in contemporary spaces. Washington Post, "`Like theater in tile form’: Tile’s patterns, designs expand," 13 Nov. 2019 Sourcing inspiration from Italian designer Gio Ponti’s ceramic majolica tiles, Brooklinen and The Inside played with color and geometry to produce a collection of luxe sheets for every design style. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Inside and Brooklinen’s New Collaboration is a Design Dream Come True," 25 Apr. 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, "‘Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections From the Sidney R. Knafel Collection’ Review: Not Dishwasher Safe," 1 Jan. 2019 Lining two of the showroom’s exterior courtyard walls are various tiles, both custom ones by Barthel and 19th-century majolica. Maria Shollenbarger, ELLE Decor, "An Italian Design Firm Transforms Discreet-but-Luxe Kitchens with a Timeless Florentine Aesthetic," 18 Oct. 2018 The collection includes medieval and Renaissance paintings, majolica ceramics, and the Iguvine Tables, a set of seven ancient bronze tablets inscribed in the Umbrian language. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Rome," 5 Mar. 2018 Professor Ernesto Solari worked with handwriting expert Ivana Bonfantino to analyze the majolica tile. James Rogers, Fox News, "Leonardo da Vinci's earliest work discovered?," 22 June 2018 On view are eight life-size figurative sculptures made of high-density foam, eleven collage mirror paintings, and one large, all white majolica figure made in the famous Nymphenburg porcelain factory in Munich. Vogue, "In L.A., Rachel Feinstein Finds Inspiration in the Victoria's Secret Runway Show," 13 Jan. 2018 Be sure to drive by the town of Castelli for majolica pottery made from the native clay soil. David Prior, CNT, "Inside Abruzzo, Italy’s Unsung Culinary Destination," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of majolica

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for majolica

Italian maiolica, from Old Italian Maiolica, Maiorica Majorca

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“Majolica.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maiolica. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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