One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The dynasty ruling China 1368–1644 founded by Zhu Yuanzhang (1328–98).
- 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’
- ‘Detectives raided the home of a suspected burglar - and found a haul of Chinese Ming vases on the kitchen table.’
- ‘That Ming vase can sit in your study for five years or more before you see its value appreciate substantially.’
- ‘The reddishness of the unglazed portion of the dish is characteristic of early Ming porcelain.’
- ‘Leading the BBC at this moment does feel a little bit like skateboarding down a flight of stairs holding a Ming vase.’
- ‘He was particularly struck by the quality of transitional Ming blue-and-white at its best.’
- ‘So I cannot be used for anything concrete and I sit like a decoration among Ming vases.’
- ‘Between the Ming vase and the plastic salt shaker sat the red ball, perfectly whole.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Jammed inside this tunnel was a broken piece of Ming china.’
- ‘Was it the landlord's fault for leaving Ming china in the hallway?’
- ‘To paraphrase Evelyn Waugh, entrusting LaBute with Byatt's book is like putting a Ming vase in the hands of a chimp.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We'll roll up the carpets, hide the Van Goghs, cocoon the Ming vases and allow only plastic glasses.’
- 1.1usually as modifier Chinese porcelain made during the rule of the Ming dynasty, characterized by elaborate designs and vivid colors.
Chinese, literally ‘clear or bright’.
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