pot·​tery ˈpä-tə-rē How to pronounce pottery (audio)
plural potteries
: a place where clayware is made and fired
: the art or craft of the potter
: the manufacture of clayware
: clayware
especially : earthenware as distinguished from porcelain and stoneware and from brick and tile

Examples of pottery in a Sentence

He has collected pottery for years. She was a painter for years before she discovered pottery.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pottery was in the 15th century

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“Pottery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pottery. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


pot·​tery ˈpät-ə-rē How to pronounce pottery (audio)
plural potteries
: a place where clay articles (as pots and vases) are made
: the art of the potter : ceramics
: articles made from clay that is shaped while moist and hardened by heat

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