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

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Recent Examples on the Web The shift returns the Buccaneers to fairly straightforward combinations of a deeper red, pewter and white. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveil new uniforms ahead of Tom Brady's first season with team," 7 Apr. 2020 PaperStone Manufactured in an environmentally responsible manner, PaperStone makes countertops from recycled paper in 13 colors, from pewter to sand to navy. Sally Kuchar, Sunset Magazine, "Hardy and Sustainable Kitchen Countertops That Are Surprisingly Stylish," 3 Feb. 2020 The monarch stood out in bright pink against Kate's cloudy pewter palette. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wraps Up in a Chic Gray Coat for an Appearance with Prince William," 27 Jan. 2020 Sometimes the winter sky is gray and sunless, a feeble pewter glow so ably depicted in Dutch landscape paintings. Washington Post, "Finding the flower bed in the firmament," 8 Jan. 2020 Over the past 28 years, Cub Scout Pack 241′s pewter ornaments have showcased Glastonbury’s t history — from monuments to factories to historic taverns, libraries and churches. Peter Marteka,, "These Glastonbury sisters became a rallying cry for the national suffragist movement. A local Cub Scout pack is honoring them with a holiday ornament.," 13 Dec. 2019 For 28 years, the scouts have showcased the town’s history in pewter, from the mills of Cotton Hollow to the J.B. Williams soap factory to Harriman Motor Works, the state’s first commercial airplane manufacturer. Peter Marteka,, "These Glastonbury sisters became a rallying cry for the national suffragist movement. A local Cub Scout pack is honoring them with a holiday ornament.," 13 Dec. 2019 The tiara is composed of fifteen intersecting circular components, set on a base ring and linked with an undulating band, all cast in lead-free pewter, mounted, and electroplated in silver. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Favorite Tiara Made It into the Downton Abbey Movie," 15 Sep. 2019 The family room is open to a modern-yet-warm eat-in kitchen with gray contemporary cabinets and pewter finishes. Kelsey Murrietta, azcentral, "A desert retreat for a Michigan family. Take a look at this cool Scottsdale home," 24 Oct. 2019

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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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“Pewter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pewter

: a dull gray metal that is a mixture of tin and usually lead


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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