Meis·​sen ˈmī-sᵊn How to pronounce Meissen (audio)
: a ceramic ware made at Meissen near Dresden
especially : a European porcelain developed under the patronage of the king of Saxony about 1715 and used for both ornamental and table wares

called also Meissen china, Meissen ware

Word History


Meissen, Saxony, Germany

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Meissen was in 1863

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“Meissen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Meis·​sen ˈmī-sᵊn How to pronounce Meissen (audio)
city on the Elbe River in eastern Germany northwest of Dresden population 27,000

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