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[ur-thuh n-wair] /ˈɜr θənˌwɛər/
pottery of baked or hardened clay, especially any of the coarse, opaque varieties.
clay for making such pottery.
Origin of earthenware
1640-50; earthen + ware1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for earthenware
  • The cooled sugar was poured into cone-shaped unglazed earthenware molds.
  • Here visitors are greeted with a large and arrestingly modern earthenware bowl.
  • It is surrounded by small earthenware dishes of sashimi.
  • To these they added a petty trade in the coarse sorts of earthenware.
  • The piles of unwashed dishes are taken from an unpretentious earthenware shop which was located in the same house.
  • Maiolica is another name for tin-glazed earthenware, made by bathing clay vessels in a glaze that incorporates tin oxides.
  • Other objects found at the site include metal weapons, tools, and jewelry as well as fully preserved earthenware vessels.
  • Furniture, earthenware, and even kitchen utensils are made by local craftspeople.
  • It seemed as though it had been the custom for a long period of time to throw earthenware out of the windows of this edifice.
  • Or the prepared croûtes may be floated on the soup and browned under the broiler right in the earthenware bowl.
British Dictionary definitions for earthenware


  1. vessels, etc, made of baked clay
  2. (as adjective): an earthenware pot
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Word Origin and History for earthenware

1670s, from earthen + ware.

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