ce·​ram·​ic | \sə-ˈra-mik, 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

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The studio supports local ceramic artists by offering classes, workshops and allowing potters to rent out space to develop their skills. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Friends make Village Potters a success after other pottery studio closes," 13 June 2018 William Kentridge, whose work is often a commentary on apartheid; Barbara Jackson, the late South African ceramic artist; and for music, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen [shown]. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, "4 Wellness Experts on Their Favorite Cookbooks, Grooming Products and More," 5 Apr. 2018 In his foreword to the show’s catalog, Wayne Higby, the ceramic artist and Alfred University professor who introduced Shankin and Polseno to each other, muses on the connection between his former students. Edith Newhall, Philly.com, "In Philly galleries now: Pottery from a Blue Ridge Mountain pair, Tyler's Bill Beckley, more," 22 Mar. 2018 Named for its shape, it is made of heavy ceramic and uses natural lump charcoal. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Big Green Eggs: A cult or a cooking method?," 6 July 2018 Or go with terra-cotta or a nice heavy glazed ceramic and leave them in place. Sally Mccabe, Philly.com, "June 22-28: In the garden, it's time to…," 22 June 2018 Since the 1960s, people with severe OA have had the option of surgery to replace certain painful joints with prosthetics made of metal, ceramic and plastic. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Knee and hip replacements are common, but they’re not always fully successful," 18 June 2018 Place a big, ceramic mug (not paper!) under the spout and (without adding a K-Cup), hit that beloved brew button. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine," 25 May 2018 In Bosworth and Chopra’s case, their hairlines were shellacked against their foreheads in a semi-bang resembling a wooden or ceramic shrine of Mary. Melissa Magsaysay, latimes.com, "At the Met Gala, stars show off their saintly side with classic looks. Here are 6 major beauty trends," 8 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 2,170 square foot shop sells everything from the jewelry brand Vram, to pieces from the Brock Collection, to Michele O’Hana ceramics. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "From Goop Lab to One Kings Lane: 8 New Design Destinations to Know," 7 Nov. 2018 Each 8-ounce candle is poured into a ceramic container that's inspired by the vintage ceramics Amber's been collecting for years. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You're Going To Be Obsessed With Amber Interiors' New Candles," 11 Sep. 2018 Though Ubud is renowned for its shrines, don’t miss out on the superb shopping either: Gaya ceramics on its outskirts is a pottery shop run by two Italian expats that supplies brands like Bulgari with stoneware. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 15 June 2018 Dirty and heavy processes such as ceramics will happen on the first level. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "This new building on BSU's campus will change Boise's iconic cityscape," 4 June 2018 Anderson, not yet 30 and fresh from the MFA program in ceramics at UCLA, puts his abundant technical facility to dazzling use, making work of unresolvable ambiguity and rich multiplicity. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "The disturbing meets the sweet in Alex Anderson's new sculptures at Gavlak," 4 July 2018 According to National Center for Education Statistics data for the 2016-17 academic year, one quarter of students who earned degrees in ceramics were of color. Cassie Owens, Philly.com, "Throwing down: How this potter from Kensington found fine art success," 26 June 2018 Crafts include participation in ceramics, drawing, painting and woodworking among other activities. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Campers reach new heights at JCC summer camp programs," 22 June 2018 More than 95 juried artists from around the country will showcase their work in ceramics, glass, furniture, photography, jewelry, mixed media, drawing, fiber and more. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Botanic-themed art festival comes to Glencoe garden," 19 June 2018

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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 \

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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