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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After the Glazers bought the team, the Bucs switched to the pewter-and-red scheme with a crossed-swords emblem for the 1997 season, looking for a karmic change. Conor Orr,, "Which NFL Throwback Uniforms Should Make a Comeback?," 28 June 2019 Tampa Bay had the biggest redesign, switching from white and creamsicle orange with a pirate in 1996 to a waving, tattered flag with pewter and red colors in 1997. Teresa M. Walker,, "NFL at 100: The evolution of uniforms, from bees to Color Rush," 7 June 2019 Cryptobenthics may be crimson with turquoise spots, scarlet with yellow stripes, key-lime green, pewter dipped in orange, mango dipped in purple. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Coral reefs depend on lots of fish the size of jellybeans," 23 May 2019 The rich, satiny gold, bronze, and pewter shadows that rimmed his lash lines glimmered whenever the light hit his eyes. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Taemin Won't Apologize For His Androgynous Aesthetic Anymore," 15 Mar. 2019 Opting for the more expensive Beast Box for $166 gets you a couple of extra collectables including an art print, T-shirt, and a small pewter statue of John Romero’s head on a spike. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Doom is getting a 25th anniversary mod from the game’s co-creator," 11 Dec. 2018 The percale metallic sheet set (in either gold or pewter) is beyond adorable with the famous Kitty silhouette stamped all over. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "PBteen and Hello Kitty Team Up for Decor Collection," 14 June 2018 On Instagram this morning, the athlete posted her official wedding outfit before heading to the church, a pewter pink fitted gathered-waist dress with a matching fascinator. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Serena Williams Is Getting Ready for Meghan Markle's Wedding," 19 May 2018 Smaller pewter memory boxes and two larger, solid-pewter urns featuring sunflowers are also available. Megan Becka,, "Billow Funeral Homes & Crematory, Don Drumm partner to offer artistic pewter urns," 26 Mar. 2018

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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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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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