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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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 Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 By the beginning of the 17th century, Lyon is superseded by Nevers in Central France, where the earlier Italian influence on faience design fades as native French potters enter the field and put their own artistic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 One-quarter of a century ago, a young potter rollerbladed into my apartment and into my heart. Simon Doonan, ELLE Decor, "Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan Give Their Greenwich Village Home a Glitz Makeover," 8 Mar. 2019 But piecing together an estimate is possible by surveying the many hospitals that treated AIDS patients during the epidemic and sent bodies to potter’s field. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "Dead of AIDS and Forgotten in Potter’s Field," 3 July 2018 The earliest works in the show were made in Lyon by Italian potters and painters who settled there in the 16th century, bringing their heritage of Renaissance majolica design with them. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections From the Sidney R. Knafel Collection’ Review: Not Dishwasher Safe," 1 Jan. 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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