pew·​ter ˈpyü-tər How to pronounce pewter (audio)
: any of various alloys having tin as chief component
especially : a dull alloy with lead formerly used for domestic utensils
: utensils of pewter
: a bluish gray
pewter adjective

Examples of pewter in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pewter was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pewter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


pew·​ter ˈpyüt-ər How to pronounce pewter (audio)
: any of various metallic substances made mostly of tin
especially : a dull metallic substance containing lead formerly used for utensils
: utensils made of pewter
pewter adjective

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