soft paste


any of a variety of artificial porcelains, usually incorporating glass or glass ingredients.
Compare hard paste.
French pâte tendre. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for soft paste

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

    The Complete Book of Cheese|Robert Carlton Brown
  • 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

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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