late 15c., "a potter's workshop, place where earthen vessels are made," from Old French poterie (13c.), from potier (see potter (n.)). Attested from 1727 as "the potter's art or business;" from 1785 as "potteryware, vessels made by a potter."
type of English pottery, 1787, from Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795), English potter.
surname, apparently from Old English *prætt (adj.) "cunning, astute;" related to the late Old English noun prætt "a trick" (compare Middle English prat-wrench "a cunning trick;" see pretty (adj.)). As a type of pottery, named for Staffordshire pottery manufacturer Felix Pratt (1780-1859).
1550s, "decorative enameled pottery," especially that of 15c.-17c. Italy, from Italian Majolica, 14c. name of island now known as Majorca in the Balearics. So called because the best pottery of this type was said to have been made there. Since 19c. the name has been applied to a kind of glazed ware which imitates it in intensity of color.
1620s, "pertaining to geometry," shortened form of geometrical (q.v.). In reference to a style of ancient Greek pottery decoration characterized by straight lines and angles, and the associated culture, 1902.
early 15c., in ceramics, "a vitrified substance, either transparent or opaque, applied as a coating to pottery and porcelain," from enamel (v.). As "hardest part of a tooth," 1718, from a use in French émail.