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[delft] /dɛlft/
earthenware having an opaque white glaze with an overglaze decoration, usually in blue.
any pottery resembling this.
Also, delf
[delf] /dɛlf/ (Show IPA)
Also called delft ware.
Origin of delft
1705-15; after Delft Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You are too delicate a bit of porcelain to be knocked and hustled round amid the delf of the world.

    Rose Clark Fanny Fern
  • “It is delf,” said a soldier, referring to the material of which the parapet was constructed.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • Snellaert, both of delf, used a Unicorn in their Marks during the latter years of the fifteenth century.

    Printers' Marks William Roberts
  • The most exhaustive study from a quantitative standpoint is that of delf.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • It's the same lode that the spring comes out of down in the delf, and I've sampled it there.

    The Squire's Daughter Silas K(itto) Hocking
  • Page 196: "delf" changed to "delft" (the common ware from delft).

    Knowledge is Power: Charles Knight
  • It stood on the brink p. 155of a delf, the site of which is now occupied by the Prescot-street Bridewell.

  • Mrs. delf was a good sort, but Trevanion used her house regular and spent his money free.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • Mrs. delf, the smart and proverbially energetic landlady, was instructed to prepare a more than usually recherch collation.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • Mrs. delf shortly presented herself: a neat, alert personage, shrewd of aspect and decisive of speech.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
British Dictionary definitions for delf


a town in the SW Netherlands, in South Holland province. Pop: 97 000 (2003 est)
Also called delftware. tin-glazed earthenware made in Delft since the 17th century, typically having blue decoration on a white ground
a similar earthenware made in England
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Word Origin and History for delf

late Old English dælf "trench, ditch, quarry," from gedelf "digging, a digging," from delfan "to dig" (see delve).


town in Holland,named from its chief canal, from Dutch delf, literally "ditch, canal;" which is related to Old English dælf and modern delve. As a short form of delftware, attested from 1714.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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