- any of various alloys in which tin is the chief constituent, originally one of tin and lead.
- a container or utensil made of such an alloy.
- such utensils collectively: a revival of interest in pewter.
- British Slang.
- a cup awarded as a prize or trophy, as in a sporting event.
- prize money(def 2).
- consisting or made of pewter: a pewter mug.
Origin of pewter
Examples from the Web for pewter
Somehow the heir was pictured walking out of the Golden Bee pub holding a pewter ale mug.The Reinvention of Prince Harry: Why His U.S. Visit Is a Huge Success
May 15, 2013
Some threw their silver and pewter ware and other valuables into wells.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Most of these were made of pewter or lead, but some have been found of silver gilt, latten, and tin.
Some poor parishes were obliged to content themselves with pewter vessels.
Mind as you're not ower keen at seein' the ins and oots o' that pewter.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Richard reached for his pewter, glad that the test was to be so light.Mistress Wilding
- any of various alloys containing tin (80–90 per cent), lead (10–20 per cent), and sometimes small amounts of other metals, such as copper and antimony
- (as modifier)pewter ware; a pewter tankard
- a bluish-grey colour
- (as adjective)pewter tights
- plate or kitchen utensils made from pewter
Word Origin and History for pewter
early 14c., "any of various alloys having tin as their main constituent" (the usual form is one part lead to four parts tin), from Old French peautre (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *peltrum "pewter" (source of Spanish peltre, Italian peltro), of uncertain origin. Related: Pewterer.