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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

On the right, five recessed shelves hold two dozen ceramic sculptures. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "‘The piece hasn’t suffered enough’," 6 June 2019 This new setup is on both the M8's standard brakes and the optional carbon-ceramic units. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The 2020 BMW M8 Will Have Adjustable Brake-Pedal Feel," 9 May 2019 My favorite is the rose gold and white ceramic ring. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Lady Kitty Spencer, Princess Diana's Niece, Is Making a Name for Herself in the Fashion World," 15 Apr. 2019 There was also Natalie Weinberger’s collection of ceramic vessels, a Lilian Holm tapestry courtesy of Hostler Burrows Gallery, and a colorful shelf unit designed by Katie Stout, courtesy of R & Company. Wendy Goodman, The Cut, "12 Highlights From Design Week in New York," 24 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Christopher Farr designed many of the rugs, and the pottery was custom made by a professor of ceramics at the University of California, Los Angeles, whom Ireland had discovered at the Santa Monica flea market. David M. Murphy, ELLE Decor, "Inside a Minimalist California Home That's Pared to Perfection," 30 May 2019 This custom was thought to have ancient origins, and archaeologists believed about a thousand years' worth of ceramics were crafted primarily by women in what is now the southwestern United States. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Fingerprints Show Men and Women Both Made Pottery in the American Southwest," 28 May 2019 Across the hall is their men’s and shoe selections, and in the adjacent shop brands like Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Simon Miller, as well as a collection of ceramics and other cool Brooklyn townhouse-appropriate objets. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "A Former Urban Mall Rat Shops The New Hudson Yards," 19 Mar. 2019 Like things of the same color, small pink porcelain or ceramics. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Why These Designers Say You Should Embrace Clutter," 13 May 2019 Sweet ceramics from Uno+Ichi cheer up any desk or shelf. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day—and Why You Really Should," 5 Feb. 2018 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

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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

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The first known use of ceramic was in 1850

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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

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