Definition of willow pattern in English:

willow pattern


  • A conventional design representing a Chinese scene in blue on white pottery, typically showing three figures on a bridge, with a willow tree and two birds above.

    [as modifier] ‘a willow-pattern plate’
    • ‘The 90 Year 3 and 4 pupils have each made their own ceramic plates based on the ancient Chinese story of the willow pattern.’
    • ‘The Meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800 is explored in terms of the art and craft it inspired - from porcelain and silk to lacquer and willow pattern - to say nothing of the import of styles and ideas.’
    • ‘But coming from Malaysia, Lumley had no concept of Scotland and imagined it like a willow-pattern plate.’