[ smawlt ]
/ smɔlt /


a coloring agent made of blue glass produced by fusing silica, potassium carbonate, and cobalt oxide, used in powdered form to add color to vitreous materials.

Origin of smalt

1550–60; < Middle French < Italian smalto smalto Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for smalt


/ (smɔːlt) /


a type of silica glass coloured deep blue with cobalt oxide
a pigment made by crushing this glass, used in colouring enamels
the blue colour of this pigment

Word Origin for smalt

C16: via French from Italian smalto, of Germanic origin; related to smelt 1
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