smalt

noun
\ ˈsmȯlt How to pronounce smalt (audio) \

Definition of smalt

: a deep blue pigment consisting of a powdered glass that contains oxide of cobalt

First Known Use of smalt

1558, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smalt

Middle French, from Old Italian smalto, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German smelzan to melt — more at smelt

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about smalt

Statistics for smalt

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for smalt

The first known use of smalt was in 1558

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on smalt

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with smalt

Comments on smalt

What made you want to look up smalt? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to boil down or concentrate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!