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pottery Line breaks: pot|tery
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒt(ə)ri/

Definition of pottery in English:

noun (plural potteries)

1 [mass noun] Pots, dishes, and other articles made of fired clay. Pottery can be broadly divided into earthenware, porcelain, and stoneware: an extensive collection of nineteenth-century pottery
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  • The Japanese use the word yaki for porcelain, pottery and earthenware alike.
  • The burglars escaped with a hoard of limited edition bone china, porcelain and pottery collectables leaving behind only muddy footprints.
  • The dishes may be round or rectangular and are made of pottery, porcelain, or decorated lacquer.
china, crockery, ceramics, ware
1.1The craft or profession of making pottery: courses include drawing, painting, and pottery
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  • One of the ways the organisation works to keep children off the street is by getting them involved in arts and crafts, like pottery and printing.
  • The chief Bemba crafts are pottery and baskets.
  • Activities will include arts and crafts, pottery, cooking, music and movement, drama, dancing, outdoor games and lots more fun activities.
2A factory or workshop where pottery is made: a visit to a Staffordshire pottery
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  • Her Chateau de Bellevue was on the edge of the Meudon Forest, with a long view of the Seine Valley down to Paris, and with the Sevres potteries tucked under the escarpment.
  • The production of commercial tableware began in the late 1800s, and by 1920 potteries had perfected a vitrified china which would not chip or stain in heavy use.
  • No reference to any uphill traffic has been found, though return loads may have been consumables for the brickfields, potteries and coal mines.
2.1 (the Potteries) The area around Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, where the English pottery industry is based.
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  • This was the first really large factory in the Potteries.
  • This book shows how the Potteries became such a remarkable place and illustrates the traditional skills of the potters.


Middle English: from Old French poterie, from potier 'a potter'.

Words that rhyme with pottery

Godwottery, lottery, tottery

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