ce·​ram·​ic | \ sə-ˈra-mik How to pronounce ceramic (audio) , especially British kə-\

Definition of ceramic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the manufacture of any product (such as earthenware, porcelain, or brick) made essentially from a nonmetallic mineral (such as clay) by firing at a high temperature also : of or relating to such a product



Definition of ceramic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 ceramics plural in form but singular in construction : the art or process of making ceramic articles
2 : a product of ceramic manufacture

Examples of ceramic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

From fiberglass, to porcelain, to ceramic, most types of tubs can be upgraded. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "How to Paint a Bathtub," 26 Apr. 2019 The ceramic composite brakes haul the car down for the next slow left-hander with no fade, no drama, no tail-wiggle. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Driving the Porsche GT3 RS and GT2 RS, the New Quickest Production Cars," 5 Apr. 2019 The 1960s Italian table in the family room is from Gaspare Asaro, the vintage Harry Østergaard chairs are from House of Blu, and the ceramic sculpture on the mantel is by Marcello Fantoni. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Inside a Traditional Prewar Apartment with Unique, Handmade Accents," 13 Sep. 2018 Under any circumstances, Kukuli Velarde’s ceramic sculpture Saint Anna and the Virgin Mary as a Child would be a highlight of the Woodmere Annual, the Woodmere Art Museum’s venerable juried show. Thomas Hine, Philly.com, "Philly artists' big, urgent show at Woodmere looks out from the rowhouse to the world," 21 June 2018 Vintage yellow coupes courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman; Ani Kasten for Darryl Carter ceramic plates, 202.234.5926; Flatware courtesy of John Derian; Food styling by Jenny Dorsey. Putnam & Putnam, Harper's BAZAAR, "Winter Wedding Décor: Deconstructed Dutch," 2 Mar. 2016 Test Results: Maximum Cornering Capability Even without the optional carbon-ceramic Brembo disc brakes, our test car provided impressive stopping power and recorded the second-shortest emergency braking distance (152 feet). Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio," 22 Jan. 2018 In person, the ceramic model really is every bit as luxurious as its name implies. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "10 Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+ features that actually surprised us," 20 Feb. 2019 Or a set of indigo ceramic bowls that will hold your salts and sugars beautifully. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Organization, but Make it Fashion: 12 Home Items That Are Chic and Functional," 17 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The exhibitors will include weavings by Michelle Batho and porcelain ceramics by Melissa Goldstein’s Mg by hand, which are inspired by 17th century German and Japanese botanical illustration. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "This Hudson Valley Craft Market Will Jumpstart Your Garden," 9 May 2019 And others have complexions that bear a closer resemblance to paleolithic ceramics. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "I Regret to Inform You Vintner’s Daughter Is Totally Worth It," 24 Apr. 2019 In the dining room, a 19th-century English cupboard displays ceramics from the atelier of Belgian artist Pierre Culot, next to a table made by local craftsmen. WSJ, "Focused on Sustainability, Graanmarkt 13 is a Go-To for Tastemakers," 10 Jan. 2019 Hit up Bey Karaköy for Everlane-style minimalist menswear and cool-girl concept shop Mae Zae for handmade ceramics and funky wood and leather jewelry. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Borrowing a page from the soothing color palettes of high-end shopping catalogs, the Edge is offered in ebony, ceramic and dune. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "New Edge unveiled during hot SUV cycle for Ford, offers internet access for 10 devices," 11 Jan. 2018 Borrowing a page from the soothing color palettes of high-end shopping catalogs, the Edge is offered in ebony, ceramic and dune. Phoebe Wall Howard, USA TODAY, "2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Ford Edge SUV gets new look, technology," 11 Jan. 2018 The rent includes access to Var's workshops for woodworking, ceramics and metal. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Art galleries expanding on Milwaukee's south side," 3 Jan. 2018 Like the first Mi Mix, rather than a glass back panel, Xiaomi is using ceramic. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 is an all-screen magnetic slider phone with 10GB of RAM," 25 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ceramic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of ceramic


1850, in the meaning defined above


1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ceramic


Greek keramikos, from keramos potter's clay, pottery

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ceramic

Statistics for ceramic

Last Updated

13 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for ceramic

The first known use of ceramic was in 1850

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ceramic



English Language Learners Definition of ceramic

: made of clay that has been heated to a very high temperature so that it becomes hard


ce·​ram·​ic | \ sə-ˈra-mik How to pronounce ceramic (audio) \

Kids Definition of ceramic

1 ceramics plural : the art of making things (as pottery or tiles) of baked clay
2 : a product made by baking clay

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on ceramic

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with ceramic

Spanish Central: Translation of ceramic

Nglish: Translation of ceramic for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of ceramic for Arabic Speakers

Comments on ceramic

What made you want to look up ceramic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a strong desire or propensity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!