Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
1. Tin-glazed earthenware that is often richly colored and decorated, especially an earthenware of this type produced in Italy.
2. Pottery made in imitation of this earthenware.
[Italian maiolica, from Medieval Latin Māiōlica, Majorca (where it was made), alteration of Late Latin Māiōrica.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
majolica(məˈdʒɒlɪkə; məˈjɒl-) or
(Ceramics) a type of porous pottery glazed with bright metallic oxides that was originally imported into Italy via Majorca and was extensively made in Italy during the Renaissance
[C16: from Italian, from Late Latin Mājorica Majorca]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ma•jol•i•ca(məˈdʒɒl ɪ kə, məˈyɒl-)
1. Italian earthenware covered with an opaque glaze of tin oxide and usu. highly decorated.
2. any similar earthenware.
[1545–55; < Italian maiolica, after Maiolica (15th century), earlier Maiorica Majorca, from where the technique for making such earthenware was introduced into Tuscany]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
(or maiolica) Brightly decorated pottery in sixteenthcentury Italian style.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited