potter

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

Definition of potter

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: one that makes pottery

potter

verb
pottered; pottering; potters

Definition of potter (Entry 2 of 4)

Potter

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

Potter

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

Verb

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

Examples of potter in a Sentence

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Equally interesting: blacksmiths, Native American potters and adobe-house builders, fletchers and coopers (that's arrow- and barrel-makers), glaziers making glass from sand, cooks trying a mac and cheese recipe written in 1784. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Spiff Up Your Real-World Skills With Old Timey YouTube," 25 June 2019 Coastal Mississippi’s culture is on display at impressive art museums that honor potter George Ohr and painter Walter Anderson. Mike And Wendy Pramik, USA TODAY, "Photo tour: Experience the tastes and sights of the Mississippi Gulf Coast," 7 June 2019 Could a study of those fingerprints reveal the gender of those potters? John Kantner, National Geographic, "Fingerprint study upends ideas about 'women’s work' in ancient America," 3 June 2019 Growing up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Rukmini Giridharadas spent summers in a yurt that doubled as a potter’s studio. Sophia Markoulakis, SFChronicle.com, "Florists highlight floral displays in beautiful, custom vases that they rent," 7 June 2019 Window shop at the glitzy galleries on Canyon Road, or head over to Santa Fe’s historic plaza, where young artists can interact with Native American potters and jewelers. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "Today I'm Obsessed With ...," 22 June 2019 Dozens of such potter’s fields have been dug throughout southern Europe. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 By the beginning of the 17th century, Lyon is superseded by Nevers in Central France, where the earlier Italian influence on faience design fades as native French potters enter the field and put their own artistic stamp on their work. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections From the Sidney R. Knafel Collection’ Review: Not Dishwasher Safe," 1 Jan. 2019 Just in time for 4/20, budding cannabis lifestyle brand Higher Standards is releasing a collaboration with renowned potter, designer, and author Jonathan Adler. Jennifer Milne, ELLE Decor, "In Time for 4/20, the Ultimate and Uber-Chic Weed Accessories from Jonathan Adler," 19 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for potter

Verb

probably frequentative of English dialect pote to poke

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potter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of potter

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

potter

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

Kids Definition of potter

: a person who makes pottery

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