American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Tin-glazed earthenware that is often richly colored and decorated, especially an earthenware of this type produced in Italy.
- n. Pottery made in imitation of this earthenware.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Decorative enameled pottery, especially that of Italy from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century. The name is applied particularly to the more richly adorned pieces, the colors of which have remarkable intensity. (See
mezzamajolica). Modern writers on ceramics have attempted to limit it to lustered pottery, especially that of the middle ages and the sixteenth century, made in Majorca or in Spain, or more especially in Italy, in supposed imitation of ware from the two former countries.
- n. As applied to modern pottery, a kind of ware which in effects of color partly imitates the pottery above defined, especially in large pieces used for architectural decoration, garden-seats, vases, etc. This ware is usually much harder and more perfectly manufactured than the ancient, but is inferior in decorative effect, being cast in molds and having a mechanical look.
- n. A fine Italian glazed earthenware, coated with opaque white enamel and ornamented with metallic colours
- n. Any other kind of glazed coloured earthenware or faience
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of pottery, with opaque glazing and showy decoration, which reached its greatest perfection in Italy in the 16th century.
- n. highly decorated earthenware with a glaze of tin oxide
- Majolica is an Anglicized version of the Italian maiolica. It is named after the Island of Majorca (formerly known as Maiolica), which once was a commerce center for work produced in Valencia, Spain. (Wiktionary)
- Italian maiolica, from Medieval Latin Māiōlica, Majorca (where it was made), alteration of Late Latin Māiōrica. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“We took a little trip to Santa Rosa to buy some majolica pottery.”
“After feasting on Goya portraits, intricate lace and lustrous majolica, be sure to check out the National Academy of Arts and Letters.”
“As they "scream/across cut glass and majolica" Rich compares them to "Furies cornered from their prey.”
“It was nicknamed the "Chateau de Faïence" because all of the exterior walls were covered with majolica and high relief.”
“I am a connoisseur of congressional hearings and my hobby of collecting TV hearings tapes is no more injurious than collecting majolica or baseball cards.”
“You should know that watching Congressional hearings is one of my hobbies, along with collecting majolica and watching Pittsburgh Pirates losing ballgames.”
“He made a thorough study of the original majolica of Mexico and combined it with his knowledge of the old Spanish wares.”
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