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pewter

[ pyoo-ter ]
/ ˈpyu tər /
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noun

any of various alloys in which tin is the chief constituent, originally one of tin and lead.
a container or utensil made of such an alloy.
such utensils collectively: a revival of interest in pewter.
British Slang.
  1. a cup awarded as a prize or trophy, as in a sporting event.
  2. prize money (def. 2).

adjective

consisting or made of pewter: a pewter mug.

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Origin of pewter

1325–75; Middle English pewtre<Middle French peutre<Vulgar Latin *piltrum; perhaps akin to spelter
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British Dictionary definitions for pewter

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)pewter ware; a pewter tankard
  1. a bluish-grey colour
  2. (as adjective)pewter tights
plate or kitchen utensils made from pewter

Derived forms of pewter

pewterer, noun

Word Origin for pewter

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