pew·​ter | \ˈpyü-tər \

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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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 Her home is brick on the outside and sheepskin on the inside — every single surface that is not marble or polished pewter invites napping. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Inside Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Porsha Williams's Wig Room," 18 May 2018 Since 2006, to help celebrate Woodford Reserve’s partnership with the Derby, the distillery unveiled a $1,000 mint julep. Served in a pewter cup (which is best to keep your julep nice and frosty), the pricey cocktail is special for Derby goers. Matthew Libassi, Fox News, "Kentucky Derby guests can sip this $1,000 mint julep for a good cause," 4 May 2018 The Bucs should start by ditching the pewter (for silver or black) and bring more of the orange into the mix. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "10 NFL teams that desperately need a uniform change," 19 Apr. 2018 Empty suits underneath those fancy red, bay orange and pewter colors. George Diaz,, "Buccaneers need to add fortitude to rinse away 2017's reality-show horror," 26 Mar. 2018 The palette was subtle, soothing, tone-on-tone neutrals: gray, beige, brown, pewter, and cream, with contrasts of black and silver. David Denicolo, Town & Country, "Here's What It's Like to Fly in the Ultimate First Class Cabin," 14 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 \

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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