1. 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.
2. Pewter articles considered as a group.
[Middle English pewtre, from Old French peutre, from Vulgar Latin *piltrum; perhaps akin to SPELTER.]
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