Pew"ter(?), n. [OE. pewtyr, OF. peutre, peautre, piautre: cf. D. peauter, piauter, It. peltro, Sp. & Pg. peltre, LL. peutreum, pestrum. Cf. Spelter.] 1. 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. Utensils or vessels made of pewter, as dishes, porringers, drinking vessels, tankards, pots.
Pewter was formerly much used for domestic utensils. Inferior sorts contain a large proportion of lead.
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