Definition of famille in English:



mass noun
  • Chinese enamelled porcelain of particular periods in the 17th and 18th centuries with a specified predominant colour: famille jaune /ʒəʊn/ (yellow), famille noire /nwɑː/ (black), famille rose /rəʊz/ (red), or famille verte /vɛːt/ (green)

    ‘the coloured wares include versions of Chinese famille rose’
    as modifier ‘a fine famille verte saucer dish’
    • ‘One Franklin artifact that did not reach the present unscathed is a frequently repaired famille rose Chinese export bowl (Pl. VI), probably purchased in London in the mid-eighteenth century.’
    • ‘These works are particularly beautiful, and are decorated with gilding as well as famille verte and fencai enamel glazes.’
    • ‘This is also reflected in the porcelain market, where bright enamelled porcelains, famille rose and famille verte, fetch extraordinary prices.’
    • ‘Pieces that exhibit small, careful brushstrokes are in general considered typical of Peking, while those that display a palette and brush technique strongly akin to famille rose porcelain of the period are considered to be Cantonese.’
    • ‘Famille noire items fell out of favor after the Kangxi period and were again immensely popular during the years of the Dowager Empress's influence.’


French, literally ‘family’.