pew·​ter | \ ˈpyü-tər How to pronounce pewter (audio) \

Definition of pewter

1 : any of various alloys having tin as chief component especially : a dull alloy with lead formerly used for domestic utensils
2 : utensils of pewter
3 : a bluish gray

Other Words from pewter

pewter adjective

Examples of pewter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dark stain of the wood as well as the slate gray bedding and pewter decor make this room sophisticated, sleek, and calming all at once. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 29 July 2022 Kling and Lindman are particularly excited about featuring pewter pieces from Svenskt Tenn, one of Sweden’s most renowned interior design companies. Adrian Gaut, WSJ, 26 July 2022 The flurried, emotional water of the brook contrasted with the black glass disk of swamp water that seemed made to reflect passing clouds but under rain showed itself as dimpled pewter. Annie Proulx, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 Although the Haida only worked with NMNH on a digital model of the hat, other groups have also tasked Smithsonian staff with producing physical reproductions, such as that of the pewter pipe. Rachel Parsons, Scientific American, 29 June 2022 The pewter coin token is skillfully engraved with their name and confirmation date, and can be turned into an antique necklace for an additional charge. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 3 June 2022 Cave paused in front of a group of somber, forlorn Soundsuits, made in 2011 of black mother-of-pearl buttons, with large pewter-looking megaphones where heads should be. Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, 1 June 2022 On the low end, implicated Navy members ate a gourmet meal or two on his dime or accepted modest gifts such as alcohol or pewter daggers. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2022 Fill Julep cup, preferably silver or pewter, or other glass, with crushed ice. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pewter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pewter

Middle English, from Anglo-French peutre, from Vulgar Latin *piltrum

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pew·​ter | \ ˈpyü-tər How to pronounce pewter (audio) \

Kids Definition of pewter

1 : a metallic substance made mostly of tin sometimes mixed with copper or antimony that is used in making utensils (as pitchers and bowls)
2 : utensils made of pewter

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