Definition of tole in English:


(also tôle)

Pronunciation /tōl/ /toʊl/


  • Painted, enameled, or lacquered tinplate used to make decorative domestic objects.

    as modifier ‘colorfully painted tole accessories’
    • ‘Many of our other lawn and garden projects are also popular with tole painters, including our planter collection that consists of a garden wheelbarrow, plump little pig, and dairy cow planter.’
    • ‘The wall design unfolded like a connect-the-dots drawing; it started with the tole tray and blue-and-white platter, then built up and out from there until a pleasing pattern developed.’


1940s French tôle, ‘sheet iron’, from dialect taule ‘table’, from Latin tabula ‘flat board’.