Origin of potter's fieldso named from a burial place for strangers in Jerusalem, uncertain or unknown; perhaps origin, originally a field bought from a potter: Matthew 27:7
Origin of potter's fieldFrom the potter's field mentioned in Matthew 27:7
(plural potter's fields)
- The phrase appears to be rare outside the United States, where it is still found as a legal term in codes, notably in NYC.
This phrase derives from the reference to the potter's field in the New Testament, Matthew 27:7: "˜And they took counsel, and baught with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.' (King James Version)