Definition of Ming in English:

Ming

noun

  • 1The dynasty ruling China 1368–1644 founded by Zhu Yuanzhang (1328–98)

    [as modifier] ‘China's Ming emperors’
    1. 1.1[mass noun], [usually as modifier]Chinese porcelain made during the Ming dynasty, characterized by elaborate designs and vivid colours.
      ‘a priceless Ming vase’
      • ‘That Ming vase can sit in your study for five years or more before you see its value appreciate substantially.’
      • ‘Between the Ming vase and the plastic salt shaker sat the red ball, perfectly whole.’
      • ‘Jammed inside this tunnel was a broken piece of Ming china.’
      • ‘So I cannot be used for anything concrete and I sit like a decoration among Ming vases.’
      • ‘Handling them like Ming vases, the Inglebys reveal them one by one, their impact increasing by accumulation.’
      • ‘The reddishness of the unglazed portion of the dish is characteristic of early Ming porcelain.’
      • ‘Detectives raided the home of a suspected burglar - and found a haul of Chinese Ming vases on the kitchen table.’
      • ‘He was particularly struck by the quality of transitional Ming blue-and-white at its best.’
      • ‘To paraphrase Evelyn Waugh, entrusting LaBute with Byatt's book is like putting a Ming vase in the hands of a chimp.’
      • ‘The first one can be absent-mindedly tossed on the floor, then you can stick one in that Ming vase and another in the flower pot.’
      • ‘Was it the landlord's fault for leaving Ming china in the hallway?’
      • ‘Leading the BBC at this moment does feel a little bit like skateboarding down a flight of stairs holding a Ming vase.’
      • ‘We'll roll up the carpets, hide the Van Goghs, cocoon the Ming vases and allow only plastic glasses.’
      • ‘For Croatia and Middlesbrough it was like watching a precious Ming vase wobble on its pedestal.’

Origin

Chinese, literally clear or bright.

Pronunciation:

Ming

/mɪŋ/