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pewter

[ pyoo-ter ]

noun

  1. any of various alloys in which tin is the chief constituent, originally one of tin and lead.
  2. a container or utensil made of such an alloy.
  3. such utensils collectively:

    a revival of interest in pewter.

  4. British Slang.
    1. a cup awarded as a prize or trophy, as in a sporting event.


adjective

  1. consisting or made of pewter:

    a pewter mug.

pewter

/ ˈpjuːtə /

noun

    1. any of various alloys containing tin (80–90 per cent), lead (10–20 per cent), and sometimes small amounts of other metals, such as copper and antimony
    2. ( as modifier )

      a pewter tankard

      pewter ware

    1. a bluish-grey colour
    2. ( as adjective )

      pewter tights

  1. plate or kitchen utensils made from pewter


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Derived Forms

  • ˈpewterer, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pewter1

1325–75; Middle English pewtre < Middle French peutre < Vulgar Latin *piltrum; perhaps akin to spelter

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pewter1

C14: from Old French peaultre, of obscure origin; related to Old Provençal peltre pewter

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Example Sentences

These range from the venerable, notably a pewter mini-samovar, to the merely obsolete, such as a videocassette of “Muppet Treasure Island.”

Some wanted their old quarterback Tom Brady to win, some wanted him to lose, and a few even sported Buccaneers hats or pewter-toned No.

Somehow the heir was pictured walking out of the Golden Bee pub holding a pewter ale mug.

Look at those long rows of pewter dishes and platters that grace the shelves.

But I don't believe he cared particularly whether his spoon was silver or pewter, by Jove!

I had gone to Williamsburg when turning sixteen, and soon learned to love and wear gold and silver buckles on a pewter income.

One's imagination ran riot when one pictured the people who must have laid those pewter plates on the long, narrow, solid table.

You veterans of the pewter know best how much ale to carry with you to bed.

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