[ur-thuh n-wair]


pottery of baked or hardened clay, especially any of the coarse, opaque varieties.
clay for making such pottery.

Origin of earthenware

First recorded in 1640–50; earthen + ware1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for earthenware

ceramics, stoneware, pottery

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British Dictionary definitions for earthenware



  1. vessels, etc, made of baked clay
  2. (as adjective)an earthenware pot
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Word Origin and History for earthenware

1670s, from earthen + ware.

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