Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A style of glazed earthenware, usually blue and white.
  • n. Pottery made in this style.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A style of blue and white earthenware.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as delftware.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a style of glazed earthenware; usually white with blue decoration

Etymologies

After Delft (where it was first made).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
After the Dutch city of Delft. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Susan Dzivak—a girl that I'dworshippedwhen I was a boy, a blonde Slovak beauty, my delft-blue-eyed lover for one tick of time, grown up and unclothed in the soft, shadowed light, who whispered to me, "It's time you learned wisdom."

    All Of My Monsters And Beautiful Women In Dreams

  • Her delft blue eyes took on a decidedly militant sparkle, and a flush—that curse of all redheads—heated her porcelain skin.

    Shameless

  • Relief and gratitude blazed from her eyes, which were once again that beguiling delft blue.

    Shameless

  • The delft blue eyes looked back at him unblinkingly.

    Shameless

  • The pine dresser against the wall still held a few cracked pieces of blue-and-white delft.

    FALSE MERMAID

  • That shard of blue-and-white delft in her treasure box had come from somewhere along this coast.

    FALSE MERMAID

  • Someone had stacked up dozens of conical limpet shells to form narrow, teetering towers on the shelves where delft once stood.

    FALSE MERMAID

  • The furniture was sparse—a dresser with delft, a rough kitchen table with chairs, the armchair she sat in, and the rocking chair in which Mrs. Prendergast rocked, a black-and-white cat purring companionably on her lap.

    Winter Bloom

  • The Netherlands is popularly known for its windmills, cheese, delft and gouda pottery, dikes, tulips, bicycles, and social tolerance!

    ‘N’ Country – (A Meme)

  • Elaborate paneling was installed in several rooms and fine marble and imported ceramic delft tiles graced the fireplaces.

    History of American Women

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  • Crowded in cupboards, stacked and shelfed
    He hoarded the treasure of his delft.
    The grip of obsession
    Is much like possession:
    To feed the demon the man is unselfed.

    See more at Delftware.

    May 26, 2014

  • "That was something she scarcely needed to remind him of, though when he tried to get help he was reminded even more forcefully of the fact that most paragons learn sooner rather than later; that a cracked paragon is harder to dispose of than plain delft."
    - Frank O'Connor, 'The Paragon'.

    September 6, 2008

  • With capital D, a city in the Netherlands that was the home port of the Dutch East India Company, and the center of the Dutch ceramics industry, which attempted to replicate Chinese porcelain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. See also delftware.

    February 2, 2007