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delft

[delft] /dɛlft/
noun
1.
earthenware having an opaque white glaze with an overglaze decoration, usually in blue.
2.
any pottery resembling this.
Also, delf
[delf] /dɛlf/ (Show IPA)
.
Also called delft ware.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; after Delft
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British Dictionary definitions for delf

Delft

/dɛlft/
noun
1.
a town in the SW Netherlands, in South Holland province. Pop: 97 000 (2003 est)
2.
Also called delftware. tin-glazed earthenware made in Delft since the 17th century, typically having blue decoration on a white ground
3.
a similar earthenware made in England
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Word Origin and History for delf
n.

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

Delft

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.

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