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or tôle

  1. enameled or lacquered metalware, usually with gilt decoration, often used, especially in the 18th century, for trays, lampshades, etc.
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Origin of tole1

1925–30; < French tôle sheet of iron, plate, dialectal variant of table table


verb (used with object), toled, tol·ing.
  1. toll2(defs 5, 6).
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  1. enamelled or lacquered metal ware, usually gilded, popular in the 18th century
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Word Origin

from French tôle sheet metal, from French (dialect): table, from Latin tabula table
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Word Origin and History for tole


"ornamented and painted sheet iron," 1946, from French tôle "sheet iron," from dialectal taule "table," from Latin tabula "a flat board" (see table (n.)).

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