Definition of potter's field in US English:

potter's field


  • A burial place for paupers and strangers.

    • ‘This caring is best symbolized by their efforts to save each other from the potter's field.’
    • ‘The interesting part of this, though, is that Washington Square Park in New York was once a potter's field, too.’
    • ‘In its earliest incarnation, from the 1790s through 1825, Washington Square was a potter's field and the site of public executions and corporal punishments.’
    • ‘And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.’
    • ‘A potter's field was bought and it was made into a foreigners' cemetery, and it was appropriately called ‘Field of Blood’ from then on.’
    • ‘If we can see through them with a clear eye, we will see what he saw, which is that the field of human history and human political effort is a potter's field, a field of blood.’


The name of an area of land near Jerusalem bought for this purpose with the money given to Judas Iscariot for betraying Jesus (Matt. 27:7).


potter's field

/ˈpädərz ˌfēld/