• (America) IPA: /ˈəɹθən/
  • (British) IPA: /ˈɜː(ɹ)θən/


  1. Made of earth or mud.
    • 1826, James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans
      A hundred earthen dwellings stood on the margin of the lake […]
  2. Made of clay (especially said of pottery).
    • 1589, Richard Hakluyt, The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of The English Nation
      ... the Godfathers and Godmothers follow into the midst of the Church, where there is a small table ready set, and on it an earthen pot ful of warme water, […]
  3. (archaic) Earthly.
    • 1903, Maria Lydia Winkler, From Glory to Glory; Or, The Christian's Glorious Ministry (page 228)
      Will they be yours when one by one these earthen / Delights and comforts and all beauties wane? / Will they be found laid up above, illumined?
  • German: irdisch (“irden” in this sense is archaic)
  • Russian: земляно́й
  • German: irden
  • Russian: глиня́ный

earthen (earthens, present participle earthening; past and past participle earthened)

  1. (transitive) to provide or add soil to
  2. (transitive) to make earthly or earthlike

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