[ ur-thuh n ]
/ ˈɜr θən /


composed of earth.

Origin of earthen

1175–1225; Middle English erthen, Old English eorthen. See earth, -en2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for earthen


/ (ˈɜːθən) /

adjective (prenominal)

made of baked clayan earthen pot
made of earth
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Word Origin and History for earthen



early 13c., "made of earth;" see earth + -en (2). Not attested in Old English (where eorðen meant "of or in the earth"). Cognate of Old High German irdin, Gothic airþeins. Meaning "made of clay" is attested from late 14c.

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