faience

or fa·ïence

[ fahy-ahns, fey-; French fa-yahns ]
/ faɪˈɑns, feɪ-; French faˈyɑ̃s /

noun

glazed earthenware or pottery, especially a fine variety with highly colored designs.

Origin of faience

1705–15; < French, orig. pottery of Faenza, city in northern Italy

Can be confused

fiancé fiancée faience
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faïence

/ (faɪˈɑːns, feɪ-) /

noun

  1. tin-glazed earthenware, usually that of French, German, Italian, or Scandinavian origin
  2. (as modifier)a faïence cup

Word Origin for faïence

C18: from French, strictly: pottery from Faenza
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