soft paste



any of a variety of artificial porcelains, usually incorporating glass or glass ingredients.

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French pâte tendre. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for soft paste

Historical Examples of soft paste

  • All these soft-paste Copenhagen examples are of great rarity.

  • Soft-paste or artificial French porcelain takes from eighty to a hundred hours for the first, and thirty for the second, firing.

    The Ceramic Art

    Jennie J. Young

  • Soft-paste herb cheese put up in a tube by German Brazilians near the Argentine border.

    The Complete Book of Cheese

    Robert Carlton Brown

British Dictionary definitions for soft paste

soft paste


  1. artificial porcelain made from clay, bone ash, etc
  2. (as modifier)softpaste porcelain

Word Origin for soft paste

C19: from paste 1 (in the sense: the mixture from which porcelain is made); so called because of its consistency
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