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or faïence

[fahy-ahns, fey-; French fa-yahns] /faɪˈɑns, feɪ-; French faˈyɑ̃s/
glazed earthenware or pottery, especially a fine variety with highly colored designs.
Origin of faience
1705-15; < French, orig. pottery of Faenza, city in northern Italy
Can be confused
fiancé, fiancée, faience. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for faience
Historical Examples
  • faience, an elegant kind of pottery, attracted his attention.

    Stories of Invention Edward E. Hale
  • The word majolica, as now employed, has almost the same meaning as faience.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • Lately the word has been used as almost, if not quite, synonymous with faience.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • faience was made at the latter place in the beginning of the sixteenth century.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • The earlier wares are illustrated by certain pieces of faience pavement.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • The latter resembles that of faience, and consists chiefly of grotesques.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • No faience of the eighteenth century was more rich and artistic than that of Rouen.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • The faience workshop of Luneville was founded about 1729, by Jacques Chambrette.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • In Japan they were most closely approached by the faience Takatori.

  • The Japanese articles in the room were gems of faience and lacquer work.

British Dictionary definitions for faience


/faɪˈɑːns; feɪ-/
  1. tin-glazed earthenware, usually that of French, German, Italian, or Scandinavian origin
  2. (as modifier): a faïence cup
Word Origin
C18: from French, strictly: pottery from Faenza
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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