Definition of queensware in English:



  • [mass noun] A type of fine, cream-coloured Wedgwood pottery.

    ‘a dinner and dessert service in queensware’
    • ‘Josiah Wedgwood brought this ware to a high state of development and in 1763 named it Queensware for Queen Charlotte.’
    • ‘The square platter in the English Queensware pattern was damaged in a fire, and black cracks caused by the heat and smoke were evident throughout.’
    • ‘The so-called stores then kept groceries, queensware and a general assortment of goods, with usually a bottle of whiskey on the counter for such customers that wished to help themselves.’
    • ‘It is known that even George Washington had a ‘Queensware’ set, which he consistently renewed to keep up with the times.’
    • ‘Wedgwood did not invent creamware or Queensware, but the changes which he made in the body and glaze about 1759 created a revolution in the potters' trade and made earthenware popular for daily table use.’


Mid 18th century (as Queen's ware): named in honour of Queen Charlotte (wife of George III), who had been presented with a set in 1765.