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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


[delft] /dɛlft/
a city in W Netherlands. Unabridged
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  • Steve asked, coming to the door when she was beating cream into butter in a delft bowl.

    The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Between Schiedam and delft I observed the windmills with great attention.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2) Edmondo de Amicis
  • Slip ware was made in early days and delft appears to have been made there at the beginning of the eighteenth century.

    Chats on Old Earthenware Arthur Hayden
  • The manufacture of delft ware was known to have greatly enriched Holland.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • It is thoroughly Flemish in character, and, seen from the water, must resemble a city on a delft tile.

  • Here and there was an Italian cabinet surmounted with delft, and here and there a bas-relief.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • At Rotterdam I had been given a letter to a citizen of delft asking him to show me his house.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2) Edmondo de Amicis
  • So he took out enough to pay for uncle George and me to go to delft.

    Rollo in Holland Jacob Abbott
  • That he also advised the city of delft to raise them; that he wanted to lay the expence of these new levies on the Generality.

British Dictionary definitions for delft


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 delft


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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