Definition of Arita in English:



  • [mass noun] A type of Japanese porcelain characterized by asymmetric decoration.

    [as modifier] ‘a rare Arita dish’
    • ‘Figure 4 shows a Meissen vase that imitates Japanese Arita porcelain; in time unique decorative modes and figurines were elaborated.’
    • ‘Widely collected in the West in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Hirado porcelains were considered on a par with Hizen province porcelains such as Arita, Kaldemon, Kutani, and Nabeshima wares.’
    • ‘Besides Imari, the most famous names for porcelain are Arita, Kutani, Hirado, Kakiemon and Satsuma.’
    • ‘The second part of the article about Japanese ceramics is about Arita, Kakiemon, Fukugawa, Kutani, Satsuma, Banko Earthenware and Satsuma pottery.’


Late 19th century: named after Arita, a town in Japan, where it is made.