Definition of Britannia metal in English:

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Britannia metal

Pronunciation: /briˈtanyə ˈmedl/


A silvery alloy consisting of tin with about 5-15 percent antimony and typically some copper, lead, or zinc.
Example sentences
  • The taps, of copper, silver and Britannia metal, were designed by one of the most important English Arts and Crafts metalworkers, Nelson Dawson.
  • When Hornsby's dates are lengthened to the 1770s, the period is one in which pewterers faced increased competition from delftware and glass, and later from silverplate and Britannia metal.
  • In a series of tabletop articles designed in Britannia metal, he shifts from the decorated surface to pure shapes: Handles are squared; bowls become perfect spheres; Euclidean geometry prevails.

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Syllabification: Bri·tan·ni·a met·al

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