- glazed earthenware or pottery, especially a fine variety with highly colored designs.
Origin of faience
Examples from the Web for faience
Faience, an elegant kind of pottery, attracted his attention.Stories of Invention
Edward E. Hale
Lately the word has been used as almost, if not quite, synonymous with faience.
The word majolica, as now employed, has almost the same meaning as faience.
Faience was made at the latter place in the beginning of the sixteenth century.
No faience of the eighteenth century was more rich and artistic than that of Rouen.
- tin-glazed earthenware, usually that of French, German, Italian, or Scandinavian origin
- (as modifier)a faïence cup
Word Origin and History for faience
1714, from French faïence (16c.), probably from Fayence, French form of Faenza, city in Italy that was a noted ceramics center 16c. The city name is Latin faventia, literally "silence, meditation," perhaps a reference to a tranquil location.