soft paste


Definition of soft paste

1 : a ceramic body containing refined clay and a glassy frit
2 or soft-paste porcelain : a soft low-fired translucent ware with a soft-paste body produced in Europe from the 15th through the 18th century — compare hard paste
3 : a fine-grained opaque Chinese ceramic ware related to true porcelain but having part of the kaolin replaced by pegmatite and usually being fired twice
4 : a lightweight soft opaque clay body (as of early Staffordshire)

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First Known Use of soft paste

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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