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Definition of "majolica" [ma•jol•i•ca]

  • Tin-glazed earthenware that is often richly colored and decorated, especially an earthenware of this type produced in Italy. (noun)
  • Pottery made in imitation of this earthenware. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "majolica" in a sentence
  • "She knew it well – the smell shops, the black marks of snow on the plaster ornaments of the front entrances, the plants in majolica pots or coloured tissue paper in the windows, the fashion-plates against the panes at the dressmaker's, and the narrow gateway leading to dark back-yards, where small heaps of dirty snow made the air still more raw."
  • "Valencian Moors called majolica by foreigners because of its Majorcan origin."
  • "Gubbio, where the peculiar kind of majolica above noted was made, is a small town once in the territory of the dukes of Urbino; and in the sixteenth century it became famous for its pottery."