tin·​ware ˈtin-ˌwer How to pronounce tinware (audio)
: articles and especially utensils made of tinplate

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Early tinware had that air of adaptability; used as scones or lanterns, they could also be hung. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 19 Jan. 2023 Many of these lanterns were tinware, which was affordable and could travel well. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 10 June 2021 Watch fashion shows and hear period music, or shop for supplies that range from the mid-1700s through the American Western frontier, such as tinware, beads, forged iron and fur. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Feb. 2020 Winners who came to claim their prizes received empty bottles or blackened tinware from the store’s inventory of old junk. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 29 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1758, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tinware was in 1758

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“Tinware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tinware. Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


tin·​ware ˈtin-ˌwa(ə)r How to pronounce tinware (audio)
: objects made of tinplate

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