pewter

noun pew·ter \ ˈpyü-tər \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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

pewter

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of pewter

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


PEWTER Defined for English Language Learners

pewter

noun

Definition of pewter for English Language Learners

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


PEWTER Defined for Kids

pewter

noun pew·ter \ ˈpyü-tər \

Definition of pewter for Students

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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