pewter

[pyoo-ter]
noun
1.
any of various alloys in which tin is the chief constituent, originally one of tin and lead.
2.
a container or utensil made of such an alloy.
3.
such utensils collectively: a revival of interest in pewter.
4.
British Slang.
a.
a cup awarded as a prize or trophy, as in a sporting event.
b.
prize money ( def 2 ).
adjective
5.
consisting or made of pewter: a pewter mug.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English pewtre < Middle French peutre < Vulgar Latin *piltrum; perhaps akin to spelter

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pewter (ˈpjuːtə)
 
n
1.  a.  any of various alloys containing tin (80--90 per cent), lead (10--20 per cent), and sometimes small amounts of other metals, such as copper and antimony
 b.  (as modifier): pewter ware; a pewter tankard
2.  a.  a bluish-grey colour
 b.  (as adjective): pewter tights
3.  plate or kitchen utensils made from pewter
 
[C14: from Old French peaultre, of obscure origin; related to Old Provençal peltre pewter]
 
'pewterer
 
n

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pewter
1348 (implied in pewterer), "any of various alloys having tin as their main constituent" (the usual form is one part lead to four parts tin), from O.Fr. peautre (12c.), from V.L. *peltrum "pewter" (cf. Sp. peltre, It. peltro), of uncertain origin.
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Example sentences
Gentlemen tucked pewter flagons into their sea chests, along with irons for
  pressing ruffles into their collars.
The pale gray concrete floor tiles feature pewter floral insets.
The ubiquitous pewter buttons are a relatively new development.
There is a pewter jug on the bedside table that likes to hoard the sun and moon
  on its curve.
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