Definitions for pewterˈpyu tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pew•terˈpyu tər(n.)

  1. any of various alloys in which tin is the chief constituent, orig. one of tin and lead.

    Category: Metallurgy

  2. utensils and vessels made of pewter.

  3. (adj.)consisting or made of pewter.

    Category: Metallurgy

Origin of pewter:

1325–75; ME pewtre < MF peutre < VL *piltrum; perh. akin to spelter

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pewter(noun)

    any of various alloys of tin with small amounts of other metals (especially lead)


  1. pewter(Noun)

    An alloy of approximately 93u201398% tin, 1u20132% copper, and the balance of antimony.

  2. pewter(Noun)

    An alloy of tin and lead.

  3. pewter(Noun)

    items made of pewter.

  4. pewter(Adjective)

    Of a dark, dull grey colour, like that of the metal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pewter(noun)

    a hard, tough, but easily fusible, alloy, originally consisting of tin with a little lead, but afterwards modified by the addition of copper, antimony, or bismuth

  2. Pewter(noun)

    utensils or vessels made of pewter, as dishes, porringers, drinking vessels, tankards, pots


  1. Pewter

    Pewter is a malleable metal alloy, traditionally 85–99% tin, with the remainder consisting of copper, antimony, bismuth and sometimes, less commonly today, lead. Silver is also sometimes used. Copper and antimony act as hardeners while lead is common in the lower grades of pewter, which have a bluish tint. It has a low melting point, around 170–230 °C, depending on the exact mixture of metals. The word pewter is probably a variation of the word spelter, a term for zinc alloys.

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(of) a metal made by mixing tin and lead

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