earthenware having an opaque white glaze with an overglaze decoration, usually in blue.
any pottery resembling this.
Origin of delft
First recorded in 1705–15;
Also called delft ware.
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Examples from the Web for delf
Historical Examples of delf
“It is delf,” said a soldier, referring to the material of which the parapet was constructed.
The most exhaustive study from a quantitative standpoint is that of Delf.
Page 196: "Delf" changed to "Delft" (the common ware from Delft).
Mrs. Delf, the smart and proverbially energetic landlady, was instructed to prepare a more than usually recherch collation.
Mrs. Delf was a good sort, but Trevanion used her house regular and spent his money free.
British Dictionary definitions for delf
a town in the SW Netherlands, in South Holland province. Pop: 97 000 (2003 est)
Also called: delftware tin-glazed earthenware made in Delft since the 17th century, typically having blue decoration on a white ground
a similar earthenware made in England
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Word Origin and History for delf
late Old English dælf "trench, ditch, quarry," from gedelf "digging, a digging," from delfan "to dig" (see delve).
town in Holland,named from its chief canal, from Dutch delf, literally "ditch, canal;" which is related to Old English dælf and modern delve. As a short form of delftware, attested from 1714.
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