Definition of pewter in English:

pewter

Syllabification: pew·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈpyo͞odər
 
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noun

1A gray alloy of tin with copper and antimony (formerly, tin and lead).
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  • The reproduction industry did not focus attention on wrought iron as it did on pewter, brass and copper.
  • Their enterprise really began to grow after they switched from silver to pewter, an alloy of lead and tin.
  • Modern pewter is mostly tarnish-resistant alloys of about 90% tin with antimony or copper.
1.1Utensils made of this: the kitchen pewter
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  • Over the centuries the techniques of making all forms of metal ware: pewter, copper, brass and bronze, iron and steel, have varied.
  • Both the pewter and Sheffield Plate collections benefited from large bequests particularly that of Colonel Croft Lyons.
  • Byard arranged for many shipments of antique furniture, brass, and pewter to be sent to Shelburne for Webb to consider for purchase.
1.2A shade of bluish or silver gray: looking back at that pewter sky
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  • It is sapphire against the pale silver wash of the sky and pewter against the amber of the towering hills that he adds in next.
  • The redhead looked around, the slowly rising moon casting him all silver and pewter and bronze.
  • There was no bridge, but flat ferry-rafts winched their way across it on heavy cables, and icy, slate-gray water gurgled under a dull, pewter sky.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French peutre, of unknown origin.

Derivatives

pewterer

noun
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  • Sending pewter to a trained engraver had been banned by the English pewterers ' guild as early as 1588 but continued to be allowed by continental guilds.
  • For economic and technical reasons, the alloys used by coppersmiths, brassfounders, braziers, blacksmiths and pewterers have varied over time, and a knowledge of the alloys can provide definitive answers.
  • Unlike more densely settled areas to the north, Virginia supported few pewterers, so the pewter plates and vessels most Virginians ate and drank from were shipped there from English ports.

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