Main definitions of delft in English

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delft1

noun

mass noun
  • English or Dutch tin-glazed earthenware, typically decorated by hand in blue on a white background.

    as modifier ‘walls covered with delft tiles’
    • ‘Other British politicians are commemorated on excavated English delft punch bowls, including some found at Philipsburg Manor in New York that are inscribed ‘Pitt & Liberty.’’
    • ‘Each wall is painted in a different color, such as fuchsia, delft blue or bright orange.’
    • ‘The delft industry grew in Southwark, and by 1640 there were some forty potters working there, many of them Dutch immigrants.’
    • ‘The body is hand painted in polychrome enamels in the Bristol delft style and decorated with a figure of a Chinese gentleman beckoning to a distant flock of birds (estimate €1,500 - €2,000).’
    • ‘Related scenes ornament archaeological fragments of two delft chamber pots and a small punch bowl from sites in New Castle, Delaware.’

Origin

Late 17th century (originally Delf ware): see Delft, where the pottery originated.

Pronunciation

delft

/dɛlft/

Main definitions of delft in English

: delft1Delft2

Delft2

proper noun

  • A town in the Netherlands, in the province of South Holland; population 96,168 (2008). The home of the painters Pieter de Hooch and Jan Vermeer, it is noted for its pottery.

Origin

Originally Delf, from Dutch delf ‘ditch’, still the name of the town's main canal.

Pronunciation

Delft

/dɛlft/