pot·​ter | \ ˈpä-tər How to pronounce potter (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Potter (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Potter (audio) \ noun
potteringly \ ˈpä-​tə-​riŋ-​lē How to pronounce Potter (audio) \ adverb

Examples of potter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That insight was what first led landscape and garden designer Luciano Giubbilei and the late potter Maria Antonia Carrió to become friends. Kristina O’neill, WSJ, "Editor in Chief Kristina O’Neill on WSJ. Magazine’s December 2020/January 2021 Issue," 11 Dec. 2020 His father worked in publishing; his mother was a renowned artist and potter. New York Times, "India’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker Has a Warning," 1 Dec. 2020 Most are ordinary citizens, some of whom lie in the potter’s field where 340 graves hold the poor, the working men and women who were put to rest beginning in 1885. Beth Thames |bethmthames@gmail.com, al, "Thoughts from a cemetery stroll," 24 Nov. 2020 As a renowned potter, author, and designer, Adler will meet with you personally for a virtual design consultation to create your dream space. Marykate Boylan, Town & Country, "Make All Your Holiday Dreams Come True with Neiman Marcus's 2020 Fantasy Gifts," 13 Nov. 2020 Perfected in the mid-1770s by the English potter Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795), these iconic ceramics were among his most successful productions. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries’ Review: A Sumptuous Stoneware Collection," 11 Nov. 2020 The studio featured two potter’s wheels and was open until midnight, and Irene and Eddie spent many more hours there than was necessary—not because of each other but because of the wheels. Curtis Sittenfeld, The New Yorker, "A for Alone," 26 Oct. 2020 To recreate his arrangement, take a favorite teapot (Werber used one by the English studio potter Seth Cardew) and start with a base of rose-hip branches, which will give the piece its structure. Aimee Farrell, New York Times, "How to Create Your Own Herbal Tea Garden," 22 Oct. 2020 Venerable Al’s Breakfast has long relied upon Minnesota potter Peter Leach — and now Benjamin Krikava — for the salt and pepper shakers, jam pots and other serveware that adorn its yellow linoleum counter. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "St. Paul artist creates custom dinnerware for local restaurants," 16 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Can the simple, tactile pleasure of pottering in the dirt or watching seedlings sprout comfort us at a time of loss and bewilderment? New York Times, "Planted in Sickness, Derek Jarman’s Garden Still Gives Joy," 17 Apr. 2020 Ammons, who could control the rate of his unrolling tape by slowing down his writing, liked to potter around. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "Tommy Pico Filibusters Mortality with Poetry," 6 Jan. 2020 Which brings us to Streep’s Mary Louise, a folksy enigma in greige cardigans and ferrety prosthetic teeth, who potters around Monterey making all her rudest inner observations out loud. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Family Values of Big Little Lies," 7 June 2019 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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The first known use of potter was before the 12th century

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21 Dec 2020

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“Potter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potter. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce Potter (audio)

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 How to pronounce potter (audio) \

Kids Definition of potter

: a person who makes pottery

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