- enameled or lacquered metalware, usually with gilt decoration, often used, especially in the 18th century, for trays, lampshades, etc.
Origin of tole1
1925–30; < French tôle sheet of iron, plate, dialectal variant of table table
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Examples from the Web for tole
Mars Tom, he could a got de cow fer fifteen, en I tole him so.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
"And you tole us they didn't keep cows, too," put in Willie, triumphantly.
He leveled it on Leonard an' tole him to pull his shirt open.
He tole mother to go an' cook us all sumptin to eat an' she did.
He come back do' an' tole his marster to do what he wanted to wid him.
- enamelled or lacquered metal ware, usually gilded, popular in the 18th century
from French tôle sheet metal, from French (dialect): table, from Latin tabula table
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.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper