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

  • n. Any of numerous silver-gray alloys of tin with various amounts of antimony, copper, and sometimes lead, used widely for fine kitchen utensils and tableware.
  • n. Pewter articles considered as a group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An alloy of approximately 93–98% tin, 1–2% copper, and the balance of antimony.
  • n. An alloy of tin and lead.
  • n. items made of pewter.
  • n. A dark, dull grey colour, like that of the metal.
  • adj. Of a dark, dull grey colour, like that of the metal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. Utensils or vessels made of pewter, as dishes, porringers, drinking vessels, tankards, pots.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An alloy of four parts of tin with one of lead.
  • n. A vessel made of pewter; a tankard; a beerpot.
  • n. Collectively, vessels made of pewter.
  • n. Money; prize-money.
  • n. A material made of calcined tin, used in polishing marble.

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

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


Middle English pewtre, from Old French peutre, from Vulgar Latin *peltrum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • "The heart case of Richard Coeur de Leon was found at Rouen in 1838, and that of Charles V in 1862, and one has been found at Holbrook in Suffolk. All these these seem to have been made of pewter." -- H. J. L. J. Massé, The Pewter Collector - A Guide to English Pewter with some Reference to Foreign Work, 1921, p 117.

    December 31, 2011

  • Nice glossary of pewter terms here.

    June 15, 2010