[ muh-jol-i-kuh, muh-yol- ]

  1. Italian earthenware covered with an opaque glaze of tin oxide and usually highly decorated.

  2. any earthenware having an opaque glaze of tin oxide.

Origin of majolica

1545–55; ear-lier maiolica<Italian <Medieval Latin, variant of Late Latin MājoricaMajorca, where it was made

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How to use majolica in a sentence

  • The princess held the majolica cup to her lips, tasted, held it toward the Norman.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • In the neighbourhood is produced a great deal of silk, and a species of easily worked marble or alabaster called Marmo majolica.

  • The best coffee cups of majolica ware had been set out, and signora had made a zabajone in honour of Ferragosto.

    Olive in Italy | Moray Dalton
  • The oysters have already been served on shell-like majolica.

    The Art of Entertaining | M. E. W. Sherwood
  • The works supply almost the whole country with china, and examples of antique Spanish majolica may be seen here.

    The Story of Seville | Walter M. Gallichan

British Dictionary definitions for majolica



/ (məˈdʒɒlɪkə, məˈjɒl-) /

  1. a type of porous pottery glazed with bright metallic oxides that was originally imported into Italy via Majorca and was extensively made in Italy during the Renaissance

Origin of majolica

C16: from Italian, from Late Latin Mājorica Majorca

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