Etymology
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faience (n.)

fine kind of pottery or earthenware, 1714, from French faïence (16c.), probably from Fayence, French form of Faenza, city in Italy that was a noted ceramics center 16c. The city name is Latin faventia, literally "silence, meditation," perhaps a reference to a tranquil location.

updated on October 08, 2014

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Definitions of faience from WordNet

faience (n.)
glazed earthenware decorated with opaque colors;
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