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[delft] /dɛlft/
earthenware having an opaque white glaze with an overglaze decoration, usually in blue.
any pottery resembling this.
Also, delf
[delf] /dɛlf/ (Show IPA)
Also called delft ware.
Origin of delft
First recorded in 1705-15; after Delft Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “It is delf,” said a soldier, referring to the material of which the parapet was constructed.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • The most exhaustive study from a quantitative standpoint is that of delf.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • Page 196: "delf" changed to "delft" (the common ware from delft).

    Knowledge is Power: Charles Knight
  • Mrs. delf, the smart and proverbially energetic landlady, was instructed to prepare a more than usually recherch collation.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • Mrs. delf was a good sort, but Trevanion used her house regular and spent his money free.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • So I shall stay at Mrs. delf's for a week longer, getting together all the information which I shall need.'

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • Meanwhile Estelle proceeded to Mrs. delf's dining-room—not without natural misgivings as to the composition of the table d'hte.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • Mrs. delf shortly presented herself: a neat, alert personage, shrewd of aspect and decisive of speech.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • I'm sure we had before our eyes at different times every bit of china, delf, glass, and plate in the establishment.

    Can You Forgive Her?

    Anthony Trollope
  • The kitchen tables were large, and white as milk; and the dresser rich in its shining array of delf and pewter.

    The Poor Scholar William Carleton
British Dictionary definitions for delf


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

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


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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