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

Examples of potter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The hotel champions contemporary Native American artists, displaying works by more than 23 painters, sculptors, weavers, glass blowers and potters. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Albuquerque," 11 Dec. 2019 Harper Jensen, a North Texas potter, celebrates her freckles through her handmade pottery. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Gifts for the fabulously finicky foodie," 7 Nov. 2019 Ken Hankins, a potter at Shiloh Pottery in Hampstead and a McDaniel ceramics instructor for 40 years, remembers the early years of the Carroll County Arts Council. Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘Cheers for 50 more’: An oral history of the Carroll County Arts Council, celebrating its golden anniversary," 19 Oct. 2019 Attendees can shop from painters, illustrators, photographers, potters, jewelry designers, sculptors and more. Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: Color Run 5K, Frostival," 20 Nov. 2019 As a designer and potter by trade, Adler’s work runs the gamut from sculptural chandeliers to decorative acrylic pills. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Jonathan Adler x H&M Home Collection is Here, and It’s Totally Spectacular," 14 Nov. 2019 More than 20 member potters will showcase their work. BostonGlobe.com, "NORTH," 14 Nov. 2019 The prop stylist and potter started Civil Stoneware in 2017 as a way to return to her love of ceramics, which began while in college. al, "This local potter sends her work all over the world," 30 Oct. 2019 Congratulations to local Dayton potter Becky Behre whose sculptural and botanical pottery are featured at the Horse Spirit Arts Gallery in Savage Mill. Lisa Peklo, baltimoresun.com, "Fall Festival at Marriottsville church featuring food, music, autumn activities, prizes," 19 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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10 Jan 2020

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“Potter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potterer. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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