Main definitions of Dresden in English

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Dresden1

proper noun

  • A city in eastern Germany, the capital of Saxony, on the River Elbe; population 504,800 (est. 2006). Famous for its baroque architecture, it was almost totally destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945.

Pronunciation:

Dresden

/German ˈdreːsdn/

Main definitions of Dresden in English

: Dresden1Dresden2

Dresden2

(also Dresden china)

noun

  • [mass noun] Porcelain ware with elaborate decoration and delicate colourings, made originally at Dresden and (since 1710) at nearby Meissen.

    [as modifier] ‘a mantel filled with Dresden figures’
    [as modifier] ‘a fine Dresden china cup’
    • ‘Purled off with accuracy and ease, it came closer to the ‘Dresden china’ approach than I should have liked.’
    • ‘Bookcases line the walls, a fire crackles in the fireplace, Victorian portraits hang on the walls, Dresden china and bric-a-brac clutter the mantelpiece.’
    • ‘The somewhat dusty display case was an inadequate mirror, holding a Dresden tea caddy crammed with antique ink bottles and salt-and-pepper shakers, but he could make out enough of his reflection to realize Al was right.’
    • ‘She shot her a grateful half-smile and descended on their boss with a Dresden china cup.’
    • ‘The Maltese is blessed with a hardy constitution, and even though this breed is small, it does not have to be treated like Dresden china.’

Pronunciation:

Dresden

/ˈdrɛzd(ə)n/