- enameled or lacquered metalware, usually with gilt decoration, often used, especially in the 18th century, for trays, lampshades, etc.
Origin of tole1
1925–30; < French tôle sheet of iron, plate, dialectal variant of table table
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- enamelled or lacquered metal ware, usually gilded, popular in the 18th century
from French tôle sheet metal, from French (dialect): table, from Latin tabula table
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Word Origin and History for toles
"ornamented and painted sheet iron," 1946, from French tôle "sheet iron," from dialectal taule "table," from Latin tabula "a flat board" (see table (n.)).
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