Main definitions of china in English

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china1

noun

  • 1A fine white or translucent vitrified ceramic material.

    ‘a plate made of china’
    Also called porcelain
    as modifier ‘a china cup’
    • ‘The cup was white china with red and yellow roses on one side, with a floral motif trim around the outside rim.’
    • ‘The unusually fine clay yielded a porcelain china that was translucent with a glass-like finish.’
    • ‘Home to cultural and architectural wonders and famous for its fine white china, the German city of Dresden still shone despite six years of war.’
    • ‘Does he serve this meal on the finest china plates available for purchase?’
    • ‘A white china sink and ceramic hob complement the crisp clean lines.’
    • ‘Linda watched Karen as she sat her new doll carefully on a tree stump and placed tiny china plates, cups and saucers before it.’
    • ‘Stuffed rabbits, glass, china, wooden, ceramic, you name it… I've got it in a rabbit.’
    • ‘Lady Holland dies as she is sipping tea from her fine china cup in her elegant little parlor.’
    • ‘On May 1 a pair of 19th century ceramic candle-stick figurines and 10 china and earthenware mugs were stolen from the Hearth Gallery.’
    • ‘This is a coast of colours, of thumping aquamarine swells, fat red grapes and sands as fine and white as Meissen china.’
    • ‘But you're here for Christmas shopping so just pick up a few fine china rice bowls and serving dishes.’
    • ‘Harel heard her sigh and looked at her poking her food on the fine china plate with the silver cutlery.’
    • ‘Fine china pots and carafes can be found to make any dinner party a success.’
    • ‘Gackt smiled as he sipped his tea from a little blue and white china cup.’
    • ‘Stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, potatoes and vegetables had covered the white linen cloth and fine china plates sat, waiting to be filled with food.’
    • ‘There's also a red goblet, a white china cup brimming with coffee, a plate of French chocolate cookies and a peeled tangerine.’
    • ‘Tamara cut out a muffin for herself and placed it on the white china plate.’
    • ‘Along a wall, at perhaps crotch height, are what first appear to be five broken and re-made blue and white china plates.’
    1. 1.1 Household tableware or other objects made from china or a similar ceramic material.
      ‘the breakfast china’
      • ‘The table is set with a crisp white tablecloth, fine china and wine glasses.’
      • ‘We have crystal vases, china, every remaining piece of our everyday dishes, footed cake trays, ice cream makers, hand blenders, and a food processor.’
      • ‘We settled in at a cosy table set with fine china and featuring a ceramic piggy bank centerpiece.’
      • ‘Silver candelabras glowed every few feet, throwing a romantic air over the ornate silverware and fine blue and white china.’
      • ‘It is industry policy not to place clean china, flatware, or glassware on the floor.’
      • ‘Now, if you are looking for white linen tablecloths and lavish meals served on fine china, you won't find it in discount business class.’
      • ‘Knives, forks, spoons, pots and pieces of china littered the kitchen.’
      • ‘Chipped china, broken furniture and left over jumble sale items are also consigned to the rubbish tip.’
      • ‘White candles and roses were perfectly placed along the fireplace mantel and down the center of the long table which was set with the finest white china I had ever seen.’
      • ‘Never use any abrasive powder for any other reason on china; it may remove metallic or other decorations.’
      • ‘With Christmas only a few weeks away, customers of the Main Street Store can check out the wide selection of gifts, china, household and curtains now located on the ground floor.’
      • ‘The breakfast table was already set with our nicest blue china which Madison's parents had given to us when we first moved into our house.’
      • ‘In fact, she has not turned a dollar since November 1969, apart from auctions of her furnishings, china, glassware, and tableware.’
      • ‘Ceramic designer Emma Bridgewater has regular sales in schools and village halls where you can snap up seconds, over-runs and samples of kitchenware, china, textiles and glass.’
      • ‘All have been produced on ceramic tile, fine china and glass.’
      • ‘They've bagged much-coveted trophies like china, silver flatware and crystal from the first class dining area.’
      • ‘On the table were two place settings of china, candles in crystal holders, champagne glasses and an ice bucket with a bottle of champagne in it.’
      • ‘The tables were immaculately laid with fine silverware and Wedgwood china.’
      • ‘Over the pop of champagne, the clink of glasses raised in cheer, the clatter of china in the kitchen, one can almost hear conversation and laughter throughout these pages.’
      • ‘There was a loud crash of breaking china in the kitchen.’
      porcelain
      dishes, plates, cups and saucers, crockery, dinner service, tea service
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Origin

Late 16th century (as an adjective): from Persian chīnī ‘relating to China’, where it was originally made.

Pronunciation

china

/ˈCHīnə//ˈtʃaɪnə/

Main definitions of china in English

: china1China2

China2

proper noun

  • A country in eastern Asia, the fourth largest and most populous in the world; population 1,376,000,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Beijing; language, Chinese (Mandarin is the official form).

Pronunciation

China

/ˈtʃaɪnə//ˈCHīnə/