- earthenware having an opaque white glaze with an overglaze decoration, usually in blue.
- any pottery resembling this.
Also delf [delf] /dɛlf/.
Origin of delft
First recorded in 1705–15; after Delft
Also called delft ware.
- a city in W Netherlands.
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Examples from the Web for delft
Gerard ter Borch made headlines, while his rival in Delft was painting maids with earrings.Better Than Vermeer
November 18, 2013
The manufacture of delft ware was known to have greatly enriched Holland.Self-Help
Here and there was an Italian cabinet surmounted with Delft, and here and there a bas-relief.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
So he took out enough to pay for uncle George and me to go to Delft.Rollo in Holland
Between Schiedam and Delft I observed the windmills with great attention.Holland, v. 1 (of 2)
Edmondo de Amicis
Disaster had attended the dash of the Sans-Pareil upon the Delft.Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea
Charles H. L. Johnston
- 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 delft
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