Definition of Ming in US English:

Ming

noun

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

    1. 1.1usually as modifier Chinese porcelain made during the rule of the Ming dynasty, characterized by elaborate designs and vivid colors.
      ‘a priceless Ming vase’
      • ‘The reddishness of the unglazed portion of the dish is characteristic of early Ming porcelain.’
      • ‘He was particularly struck by the quality of transitional Ming blue-and-white at its best.’
      • ‘Was it the landlord's fault for leaving Ming china in the hallway?’
      • ‘For Croatia and Middlesbrough it was like watching a precious Ming vase wobble on its pedestal.’
      • ‘Handling them like Ming vases, the Inglebys reveal them one by one, their impact increasing by accumulation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Leading the BBC at this moment does feel a little bit like skateboarding down a flight of stairs holding a Ming vase.’
      • ‘To paraphrase Evelyn Waugh, entrusting LaBute with Byatt's book is like putting a Ming vase in the hands of a chimp.’
      • ‘Detectives raided the home of a suspected burglar - and found a haul of Chinese Ming vases on the kitchen table.’

Origin

Chinese, literally ‘clear or bright’.

Pronunciation

Ming

/mɪŋ//miNG/