pot·​ter | \ˈpä-tər \

Definition of potter 

(Entry 1 of 4)

: one that makes pottery


pottered; pottering; potters

Definition of potter (Entry 2 of 4)


biographical name (1)
Pot·​ter | \ˈpä-tər \

Definition of Potter (Entry 3 of 4)

Beatrix 1866–1943 British writer and illustrator


biographical name (2)

Definition of Potter (Entry 4 of 4)

Paul or Paulus 1625–1654 Dutch painter

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Other Words from potter


potterer \ ˈpä-​tər-​ər \ noun
potteringly \ ˈpä-​tə-​riŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of potter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As a potter, the man would obviously know about the history of pottery. Weike Wang, The New Yorker, "Omakase," 6 June 2018 Three of the dead were never identified or claimed by family and were buried in a potter’s field — emblematic of the estrangement from family that followed coming out for so many gay people 45 years ago. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "'View UpStairs' goes back in time to tragic fire in the gay community of 1973 New Orleans," 6 July 2018 One of his instructors was a potter, who clued him into the craft. Cassie Owens, Philly.com, "Throwing down: How this potter from Kensington found fine art success," 26 June 2018 The studio supports local ceramic artists by offering classes, workshops and allowing potters to rent out space to develop their skills. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Friends make Village Potters a success after other pottery studio closes," 13 June 2018 The dead could be buried at potter’s fields like Washington Square, but the city forbade any tombstones to mark those interred there. Washington Post, "Historic black burial site under playground to get memorial," 5 July 2018 Tom Edwards has been a potter for 40 years, handcrafting whimsical mugs, plates and bowls from his studio about 30 miles west of Denver. Rachel Siegel, latimes.com, "Elon Musk's troubled love of a magical unicorn," 30 June 2018 The coffee mug, showing a cartoony unicorn farting electricity, was created by Tom Edwards, a potter in Evergreen, Colorado. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Elon Musk accused of stealing farting unicorn artwork after artist raises a stink," 29 June 2018 The artisan crafts will not survive: the potter moulding a beautiful cup on a wheel powered by his feet, the carpenter fashioning wood on a block sunk in a hole in the ground. Victoria Mather, A-LIST, "India Files: the Princely Grandeur of Rajasthan," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As a young journalist, Ms. Lawson often ended up pottering around the kitchen when copy was due, to help focus her thoughts. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Eat Joyfully, and Other Wise Advice From Nigella Lawson," 12 Apr. 2018 These theories often involve high-end sports cars, swimming pools or pottering around the expensive parts of the Monopoly board, enjoying fine food and donning overpriced designer clothing. SI.com, "VIDEO: Cristiano Ronaldo Makes Time to Catch Up on Liverpool's 5-0 Drubbing of Porto," 16 Feb. 2018 A place to potter and fix and, dare it be said, a temporary respite from the stresses and strains of modern life. John Sinnott, CNN, "Briton Kevin Nicks sets world record for the fastest shed on sand," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of potter


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for potter


probably frequentative of English dialect pote to poke

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English Language Learners Definition of potter

: a person who makes pots, bowls, plates, etc., out of clay : a person who makes pottery by hand


pot·​ter | \ˈpä-tər \

Kids Definition of potter

: a person who makes pottery

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to express warning or disapproval

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