a fragile Irish porcelain with a bright luster.

Origin of Belleek

First recorded in 1865–70; after Belleek, town in Northern Ireland where it is made
Also called Belleek ware. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for belleek

Historical Examples of belleek

  • Porcelain of a rare and unique quality is manufactured at Belleek.

    Romantic Ireland; volume 1/2

    M.F and B. McM. Mansfield

  • At Belleek it forms a considerable waterfall and is here well known to sportsmen for its good salmon fishing.

  • Come to Belleek, a little village with one of the finest water-falls I remember anywhere to have seen; viewed it from the bridge.

    A Tour in Ireland

    Arthur Young

  • We asked if we might help a bit, and give a little teapot of Belleek ware and a linen doily trimmed with Irish lace.

    Penelope's Irish Experiences

    Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • Yet from here to Belleek, a distance of four miles, there is nothing whatever being done with it.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

British Dictionary definitions for belleek



  1. a kind of thin fragile porcelain with a lustrous glaze
  2. (as modifier)a Belleek vase

Word Origin for Belleek

named after Belleek, a town in Northern Ireland where such porcelain is made
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