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


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

Examples of ceramic in a Sentence

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Clase Azul is known for releasing high-end tequila that comes in handmade ceramic decanters, but over the past few years the brand has put out a few mezcals as well. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 21 Feb. 2024 This ceramic bowl, collected in Arizona, was purchased from a British collector and trader named Thomas V. Keam, who supplied Native objects from the Southwest to some of the country’s leading museums. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2024 This 12-piece ceramic set is perfect for four and can be thrown in the dishwasher for an easy clean or popped in the microwave to reheat food. Katiee McKinstry, Rolling Stone, 21 Feb. 2024 It was eventually divided into three properties in the early 18th century; archaeologists think a set of seven large ceramic containers found at the site date to this period, though their contents have yet to be determined. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2024 The Classic Pie Dish is made from premium ceramic stoneware that beautifully and evenly distributes heat throughout the cooking process. Stephanie Osmanski, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Feb. 2024 Sanitaryware’s contribution to the ceramic industry total is just 2.7%. Mike Scott, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Behind a striking open kitchen covered in textured ceramic tiles, a host of cooks were gearing up for lunch service every morning by preparing cuts of fresh fish, or slicing and pickling vegetables. Liam Hess, Vogue, 13 Feb. 2024 These ceramic door handles come in a variety of shapes and shades, though the strawberry milk hearts feel the most on-trend. Anne Loreto Cruz, Bon Appétit, 8 Feb. 2024
The course will explore the properties and uses of materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and biomaterials. The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2024 Flagstone floors flow into snug maroon-walled lounges with marble ceramics, rattan stools, and open log fires guarded by leather benches and mustard sofa chairs. Lewis Nunn, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 But there are heaps of shops in the village lanes selling textiles, cushions, ceramics and spices. Rachel Howard, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Feb. 2024 The shop also has ceramics and textiles, which make wonderfully meaningful souvenirs to take home. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 3 Feb. 2024 Previously a number of artifacts, including ceramics, leather and animal bones were found nearby, providing further evidence for the port, researchers said. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 29 Jan. 2024 The center brings together art galleries, exhibit spaces and production facilities in everything from printmaking and ceramics to new media and stone and metal sculpture; the expansive 18-acre space is also home to art studios, residency apartments and a café. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Jan. 2024 As with most things, there are professional services specializing in the repair of ceramics. Annie Midori Atherton, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 Sandoval worked across a range of media, producing paintings, prints, collages, mail art, graphic design and ceramics — often emblazoned with recurring symbols and logos. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 2 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History



Greek keramikos, from keramos potter's clay, pottery

First Known Use


1850, in the meaning defined above


1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ceramic was in 1850

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“Ceramic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceramic. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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1 of 2 adjective
ce·​ram·​ic sə-ˈram-ik How to pronounce ceramic (audio)
: of or relating to the manufacture of a product (as earthenware, porcelain, or brick) made from a nonmetallic mineral by heating at high temperatures


2 of 2 noun
plural : the art of making ceramic articles
: a product of ceramic manufacture

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