Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An earthenware tile of Spanish manufacture, painted and enameled in rich colors, especially one having a metallic luster. [This use of the word, which is general among English collectors and writers on decoration, is apparently founded on the assumption that the word in the original Spanish means a tile of any kind.]
“From the granite-and-marble statues of Old Testament kings above the main courtyard, to the blue azulejo tiles in the royal apartments (to say nothing of the Titians, El Grecos, and Riberas), the Escorial has borne up splendidly over four centuries.”
“Each store features selections of tiles (both azulejo and cerámico), toilets, sinks, tubs (both standard and Jacuzzi), and all of the faucets and other plumbing supplies that your bathroom requires.”
“I was thinking of just foregoing the beautiful azulejo effect and slopping waterproofing over them.”
“One morning I see Thia describing to Chava the color she wants to match a tile with, in her mixture of English, Spanish, and Italian, saying something like, “If we can buscar an azulejo que es lighter than a rioja, but más fuerte than a rosa…” I wait for Chava to give her a tolerant expression, to nod patiently as he makes a mental note to find a plain red tile.”
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