- Italian earthenware covered with an opaque glaze of tin oxide and usually highly decorated.
- any earthenware having an opaque glaze of tin oxide.
Origin of majolica
Examples from the Web for majolica
Only the majolica plate—and that is so firmly set in the wall.Howards End
E. M. Forster
First Room contains a collection of majolica from the Cini family.Rambles in Rome
S. Russell Forbes
The majolica of Florence, if such were ever made, is now unknown.
The Rimini majolica is chiefly remarkable for its wonderful glaze.
Some majolica vases, with coiled snake handles, were very creditable.
- a type of porous pottery glazed with bright metallic oxides that was originally imported into Italy via Majorca and was extensively made in Italy during the Renaissance
Word Origin and History for majolica
Italian glazed pottery, 1550s, from Italian Majolica, 14c. name of island now known as Majorca in the Balearics, from Latin maior (see major (adj.)); so called because it is the largest of the three islands. The best pottery of this type was said to have been made there.