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faience Syllabification: fa·ience
Pronunciation: /fīˈäns/

Definition of faience in English:


Glazed ceramic ware, in particular decorated tin-glazed earthenware of the type that includes delftware and maiolica.
Example sentences
  • Tin-glazed earthenware, or faience, was introduced in the early sixteenth century in imitation of Chinese porcelain to France, Germany and the Netherlands, and by mid-century it had arrived in England.
  • Given the scarcity of examples of bird painting on Niderviller faience or porcelain, it is impossible to say what Gerverot's birds may have looked like.
  • Now she finds her eye drawn to French faience, a type of glazed earthenware.


Late 17th century (originally denoting pottery made at Faenza, Italy): from French faïence, from Faïence, the French name for Faenza.

Words that rhyme with faience

advance, Afrikaans, à outrance, chance, dance, enhance, entrance, France, glance, lance, mischance, outdance, perchance, prance, Provence, stance, trance

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