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[ur-thuh n-wair] /ˈɜr θənˌwɛər/
pottery of baked or hardened clay, especially any of the coarse, opaque varieties.
clay for making such pottery.
Origin of earthenware
First recorded in 1640-50; earthen + ware1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for earthenware
Historical Examples
  • His cart was very heavy, piled high with goods in metal and in earthenware.

  • At the other end of the lake is a famous china and earthenware manufactory.

  • That night Ivan and Anna counted the rubles in the earthenware pot.

  • Then the biggest ones with china, glass, earthenware, and all such things.

    Jerry's Reward Evelyn Snead Barnett
  • You have silver vessels, but earthenware reasons, principles, appetites.

    How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
  • They are also made of wrought iron, as well as of earthenware and porcelain.

  • At the other end of the pole hung an earthenware jug, tied in a net of rattan.

    Fil and Filippa John Stuart Thomson
  • The Duke of Egypt brought an earthenware crock, without uttering a word.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • To come out of Wales into England was like the change from china to earthenware!

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • All that he did about the earthenware was plainly for his pleasure.

    The Settlers at Home Harriet Martineau
British Dictionary definitions for earthenware


  1. vessels, etc, made of baked clay
  2. (as adjective): an earthenware pot
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Word Origin and History for earthenware

1670s, from earthen + ware.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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