Definition of maiolica in US English:



  • Fine earthenware with colored decoration on an opaque white tin glaze, originating in Italy during the Renaissance.

    • ‘Her bedroom was decorated with sacred paintings and furnished with quantities of maiolica and glassware.’
    • ‘Through the Renaissance, collectors displayed maiolica proudly and prominently in their homes and businesses.’
    • ‘Traditionally, maiolica is earthenware with a lead-based glaze made opaque by tin oxide.’
    • ‘I have taught maiolica decoration to the older students with great results.’
    • ‘The rise of maiolica during the Italian Renaissance signaled a change in the perception and purpose of ceramic wares.’


Mid 16th century: Italian, from Maiolica ‘Majorca’.