Definition of Samian ware in English:

Samian ware


  • [mass noun] A type of fine, glossy, reddish-brown pottery widely made in the Roman Empire.

    Also called terra sigillata
    • ‘The only one I recall after nearly 70 years is one near Adelaide House which produced a lot of plain Roman Samian ware pottery, of a type earlier than I'd met on Hadrian's Wall.’
    • ‘The production of ‘Samian ware’ (terra sigillata) began at this site at the confluence of the Tarn and Dourbie rivers, near modern Millau, around the end of the first millennium BC.’
    • ‘‘Don't you see it, don't you feel it? ‘he once asked Harry, handing him a piece of Roman Samian ware.’’
    • ‘Samian ware was a type of highly-regarded pottery made in Gaul.’