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  1. articles of iron, as pots, kettles, or tools; hardware.

Origin of ironware

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at iron, ware1
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Examples from the Web for ironware

Historical Examples

  • It was quite dark and they stumbled over some ironware and crocks.

    The Putnam Hall Encampment

    Arthur M. Winfield

  • The ironware made a crash that could be heard all through the mansion.

    The Putnam Hall Encampment

    Arthur M. Winfield

  • Other industries are the making of chemicals, ironware, soda and haircloth.

  • The manufactures are Prussian blue, hosiery, ironware, and leather.

  • In another corner, some rude shelves were placed, upon which appeared a few articles of tin and ironware.

    Daniel Boone

    John S. C. Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for ironware


  1. domestic articles made of iron
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