Definition of faience in 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The turquoise colour of British faience results from using a copper-based colourant for the glaze.’
    • ‘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.’


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