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[fahy-ahns, fey-; French fa-yahns] /faɪˈɑns, feɪ-; French faˈyɑ̃s/
glazed earthenware or pottery, especially a fine variety with highly colored designs.
Origin of faience
1705-15; < French, orig. pottery of Faenza, city in northern Italy
Can be confused
fiancé, fiancée, faience. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for faience
  • There also you may find several exquisite blue faience figures of cats, and an entire case is filled with bronzes.
  • They developed a magnificent but restrained architecture, a muscular setting for the rampant faience that adorned it.
  • Chapters are arranged by country or by type of ware, eg, majolica or faience.
  • Now even in blue faience her skin sucks centuries of marshes from her marrow.
British Dictionary definitions for faience


/faɪˈɑːns; feɪ-/
  1. tin-glazed earthenware, usually that of French, German, Italian, or Scandinavian origin
  2. (as modifier): a faïence cup
Word Origin
C18: from French, strictly: pottery from Faenza
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Word Origin and History for faience

1714, from French faïence (16c.), probably from Fayence, French form of Faenza, city in Italy that was a noted ceramics center 16c. The city name is Latin faventia, literally "silence, meditation," perhaps a reference to a tranquil location.

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