- glazed earthenware or pottery, especially a fine variety with highly colored designs.
Origin of faience
Examples from the Web for faience
Historical Examples of faience
Faience, an elegant kind of pottery, attracted his attention.Stories of Invention
Edward E. Hale
The word majolica, as now employed, has almost the same meaning as faience.
Lately the word has been used as almost, if not quite, synonymous with faience.
Faience was made at the latter place in the beginning of the sixteenth century.
The earlier wares are illustrated by certain pieces of faience pavement.
- tin-glazed earthenware, usually that of French, German, Italian, or Scandinavian origin
- (as modifier)a faïence cup
Word Origin for faïence
1714, from French faïence (16c.), probably from Fayence, French form of Faenza, city in Italy that was a noted ceramics center 16c. The city name is Latin faventia, literally "silence, meditation," perhaps a reference to a tranquil location.