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

Origin

Chinese, literally ‘clear or bright’.

Pronunciation

Ming

/mɪŋ/