Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of monteith in English:
1 historical A large ornamental punchbowl with a scalloped rim, usually made of silver.
- This catalogue features an enormous range of forms made between the sixteenth and the early nineteenth centuries, from garnitures and dinner services to coffeepots and monteiths, variously decorated in patterns and palettes for which these wares are renowned.
- The decoration is ascribed to an anonymous engraver whose hand has been identified on approximately eighteen monteiths of the period.
- While the Fitzwilliam is returning the monteith to an heir of the original owner, the British Museum is by law not allowed to return the dish.
2 archaic A cotton handkerchief with a pattern of white spots on a coloured background.
- The doctor perspired extremely, and had a Monteith handkerchief hanging over his brows from beneath his hat.
- Their goods were known all over the Continent as Monteiths.
- Monteiths are dyed all of one colour, and have spots of white.
Late 17th century: from the Scottish surname Monteith.
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