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pewter

[pyoo-ter] /ˈpyu tər/
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.
  1. a cup awarded as a prize or trophy, as in a sporting event.
  2. prize money (def 2).
adjective
5.
consisting or made of pewter:
a pewter mug.
Origin of pewter
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English pewtre < Middle French peutre < Vulgar Latin *piltrum; perhaps akin to spelter
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pewter

/ˈpjuːtə/
noun
1.
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier): pewter ware, a pewter tankard
2.
  1. a bluish-grey colour
  2. (as adjective): pewter tights
3.
plate or kitchen utensils made from pewter
Derived Forms
pewterer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French peaultre, of obscure origin; related to Old Provençal peltre pewter
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Word Origin and History for pewter
n.

early 14c., "any of various alloys having tin as their main constituent" (the usual form is one part lead to four parts tin), from Old French peautre (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *peltrum "pewter" (source of Spanish peltre, Italian peltro), of uncertain origin. Related: Pewterer.

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