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 Flooding potter’s fields will still result in a horrifying display of visible human remains. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Extreme Weather Could Wreak Havoc on Cemeteries," 7 Nov. 2019 Look for potters, weavers, glassblowers, woodworkers, and jewelers, among others. BostonGlobe.com, "Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market," 14 June 2016 The event, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 257 Belltown Road in South Glastonbury, will feature works by a dozen local artists, including a photographer, potter, jeweler, furniture painter, sculptor and painters. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A Glastonbury high grad has talent and artistic passion. Now he’s headed to a prestigious art school thanks to the local community," 19 Aug. 2019 New York City’s potter’s field, which holds the remains of more than 1 million people, could become more accessible to the public with two bills being introduced Thursday in the City Council. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City Councilman Pushes Easier Access to Country’s Largest Public Cemetery," 29 May 2019 But this potter’s journey has sent him far from the housewares department and deep into the woods. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: If creative ceramics are your cup of tea, go to the Renwick Gallery," 3 Sep. 2019 The painting was based on English potter Josiah Wedgwood’s design, first used on an anti-slavery medallion in 1787, as part of a political campaign by The Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "A restored painting by 18th-century abolitionists shows the power of a political logo," 22 Aug. 2019 Situated near the ruins where ancient potters once worked, the town of Mata Ortiz became a hub for contemporary artisans, whose work received global acclaim. Christopher Mosley, Dallas News, "Two Oak Cliff art galleries team up for tandem exhibition 'In Memory'," 7 Aug. 2019 Here was my potter, throwing every ounce of his creative chutzpah into the reimagining of our home. Simon Doonan, ELLE Decor, "Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan Give Their Greenwich Village Home a Glitz Makeover," 8 Mar. 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


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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14 Nov 2019

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“Potter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pottering. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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