Share this entry

Share this page

maiolica

Syllabification: ma·iol·i·ca
Pronunciation: /məˈyäləkə
 
/

Definition of maiolica in English:

noun

Fine earthenware with colored decoration on an opaque white tin glaze, originating in Italy during the Renaissance.
Example sentences
  • Traditionally, maiolica is earthenware with a lead-based glaze made opaque by tin oxide.
  • Through the Renaissance, collectors displayed maiolica proudly and prominently in their homes and businesses.
  • The rise of maiolica during the Italian Renaissance signaled a change in the perception and purpose of ceramic wares.

Origin

mid 16th century: Italian, from Maiolica 'Majorca'.

Words that rhyme with maiolica

frolicker, majolica

Definition of maiolica in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day terpsichorean
Pronunciation: ˌtərpsikəˈrēən
adjective
of or relating to dancing