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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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 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

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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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