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  1. the, a district in central England famous for the manufacture of pottery and china. The towns comprising this district were combined in 1910 to form Stoke-on-Trent.
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Also called Five Towns.


noun, plural pot·ter·ies.
  1. ceramic ware, especially earthenware and stoneware.
  2. the art or business of a potter; ceramics.
  3. a place where earthen pots or vessels are made.
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Origin of pottery

First recorded in 1475–85; potter1 + -y3
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Historical Examples

  • It just borders on the Potteries, and the population is heavy.

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    Anthony Trollope

  • But would the atmosphere of the Potteries be damp enough to quench that flame?

    Personality in Literature

    Rolfe Arnold Scott-James

  • Their potteries are not like ours, huge factories, but household things.

  • The ware probably was made in other potteries of the region also.

  • We tooted our horn and honked up its western side to the Potteries.

British Dictionary definitions for potteries


pl n
  1. the Potteries (sometimes functioning as singular) a region of W central England, in Staffordshire, in which the china and earthenware industries are concentrated
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noun plural -teries
  1. articles, vessels, etc, made from earthenware and dried and baked in a kiln
  2. a place where such articles are made
  3. the craft or business of making such articles
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Related formsRelated adjective: fictile

Word Origin

C15: from Old French poterie, from potier potter, from pot pot 1
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Word Origin and History for potteries



late 15c., "a potter's workshop," from Old French poterie (13c.), from potier (see potter (n.)). Attested from 1727 as "the potter's art;" from 1785 as "potteryware."

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