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

  • adj. Made of earth or clay: an earthen fortification; an earthen pot.
  • adj. Earthly; worldly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Made of earth or mud.
  • adj. Made of clay (especially said of pottery).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made of earth; made of burnt or baked clay, or other like substances.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Made of earth; made of clay or other earthy substance: as, an earthen vessel.

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

  • adj. made of earth (or baked clay)


Used before 1325 as erthen, from eorthene, presumably from Middle English erthe, eorthe ("earth"). (Wiktionary)


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