Definition of bone china in US English:

bone china


  • Fine china made of clay mixed with bone ash.

    • ‘The factory continues to make porcelain and bone china today.’
    • ‘Founded in 1953 it produced high quality bone china for local and export markets.’
    • ‘She was quite overcome by it all, real bone china crockery, real silver wear.’
    • ‘Finally, was the cup made of bone china or ordinary porcelain?’
    • ‘Glass bottles are highly collectable, and some folk proudly display their bottles in much the same way as other people display the family silver or fine bone china.’
    • ‘Chinese porcelain was imitated not only by Persian ceramicists, but also by Italian majolica makers, Delftware producers, and English bone china designers.’
    • ‘A table had been placed in the center of the room and decorated with a white linen tablecloth as well as silver, bone china, and fine Irish cut crystal.’
    • ‘He removes the papers and spreads them out across the huge oak table, pushing away crystal champagne glasses, fine bone china, silver tableware.’
    • ‘Ms Hawthorne has collected many types of bells, from the best bone china, through to ceramics and souvenir brass pieces.’
    • ‘Head first to Regent St and Old Bond St for bone china, fine art and antiques, not to mention a bolt of tweed for country attire.’
    • ‘Now owned by Royal Doulton, Minton continues to enjoy a reputation as a leading producer of English bone china.’
    • ‘All of the staff present drank their tea from a matched set of fine bone china.’
    • ‘She smiled happily as moved vegetables into white bone china serving dishes and places them onto the table.’
    • ‘Democracy is not something made of bone china that will shatter under the weight of public opinion.’
    • ‘They come in a variety of materials: ceramics, brass, bone china and cut glass.’
    • ‘It's like looking at a piece of beautiful bone china and seeing the maker's mark beneath.’
    • ‘The rare Royal Crown Derby bone china figures sell for £1,950 for a pair.’
    • ‘While guests in the elegant but cramped cabin will be eating off finest bone china and drinking out of crystal flutes, they will have to make do with plastic cutlery.’
    • ‘The lace tablecloth came out for this event, as did the tea service of thin bone china, complete with matching milk jug, sugar bowl and slop basin.’
    • ‘They already have the house, the fish knives and the fine bone china, so what can guests possibly get them for their wedding?’


bone china

/ˌboʊn ˈtʃaɪnə//ˌbōn ˈCHīnə/