Definition of faience in US English:



  • Glazed ceramic ware, in particular decorated tin-glazed earthenware of the type which includes delftware and maiolica.

    • ‘An assortment of vases and faience was displayed on a built-in shelf that circled the rotunda.’
    • ‘Given the scarcity of examples of bird painting on Niderviller faience or porcelain, it is impossible to say what Gerverot's birds may have looked like.’
    • ‘The turquoise colour of British faience results from using a copper-based colourant for the glaze.’
    • ‘Tin-glazed earthenware, or faience, was introduced in the early sixteenth century in imitation of Chinese porcelain to France, Germany and the Netherlands, and by mid-century it had arrived in England.’
    • ‘Now she finds her eye drawn to French faience, a type of glazed earthenware.’


Late 17th century (originally denoting pottery made at Faenza): from French faïence, from Faïence, the French name for Faenza.