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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Evidence of the rebels' attempt to hide under the city includes intact oil lamps and ceramic pots that were found whole in the sewer itself. Yori Yalon, Jewish Journal, "Rare coin minted 1,900 years ago discovered in Jerusalem," 5 July 2018 The chef said thank you and served them their first piece of fish on similarly green-blue ceramic plates that the man promised not to scrutinize. Weike Wang, The New Yorker, "Omakase," 6 June 2018 The ceramic works of Rieger are currently on display in the Fisher Front Space gallery, at the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon . Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Art Teacher Has Works On Display At Farmington Valley Arts Center," 26 Apr. 2018 Columbia Art Center in the village of Long Reach has provided resources for ceramic artists, photographers, calligraphers, woodworkers and others since 1987. Howard County Times, "Howard County's arts scene," 1 Mar. 2018 For lunch, get the selection of salads as an appetizer and the meatball tagine as your main—and prepare to fondly drool at their memory long after your ceramic dishes have been cleared. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Weekend Trip Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Marrakech, Morocco," 16 Mar. 2018 During the earliest phase, radiocarbon-dated to around 2300 B.C.E., the pits were filled with broken bits of ceramic drinking vessels, stone axs, millstones, and butchered animal bones. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Rituals performed at this German ‘Stonehenge’ may link mysterious monument to its U.K. counterpart," 28 June 2018 Attention to detail of the utmost level, from every handmade ceramic tea cup to delicate glassware that feels like holding a hologram. Bon Appetit, "Momofuku Ko," 25 June 2018 Other evidence of game play ranges from ceramic vessels to more than 1,300 stone courts that are spread across the region, each with room for plenty of spectators. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Where Did Soccer Start? Archaeology Weighs In.," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Underground Gallery Exhibit COLLINSVILLE — Canton artist Donna Namnoum will show her recent ceramics at The Underground Gallery, 122 Main St., Lower Level, through July 8. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 26 June 2018 Certainly, a new container, perhaps one made of frost-tolerant ceramic, would add a bit of artistic flair to the garden. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: a Mother's Day gift for the garden," 4 May 2018 Her ceramics were once strictly functional, but Moye Thompson now weaves pebbles, twigs, wire, paper and words into clay, rendering unique works of art that quite literally animate home spaces. Elizabeth Aquino, latimes.com, "A ceramics artist channels these divisive times into works of art," 10 Mar. 2018 Soothing design elements extend well beyond the spa and into the lobby, which feels like the Nordic living room of your dreams decorated with a rotating collection of ceramics from the Icelandic Museum of Design and Art. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, "See Inside the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland, the Blue Lagoon's First Five-Star Hotel," 11 June 2018 An artist-residency program was inspired by the caring tutelage of two of Carter’s boyhood art teachers and the mentorship of Ken Ferguson, professor of ceramics at his alma mater, the Kansas City Art Institute. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Studio visit with Richard Carter in his 1874 Napa County farmhouse," 8 June 2018 Today, Arcosanti survives on people coming for multi-month workshops to help with daily activities at the complex, an ongoing production of ceramics and bronze windbells, tourism and events. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Seven Planned Utopian Towns That You Can Visit Today," 23 May 2018 Furthermore, the number of Chinese ceramics recovered at the Java Sea Shipwreck site in 1996 (more than 12,000) is evidence of the scale and intensity of mass production in China at the time. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Treasure trove reveals origins of 800-year-old shipwreck," 16 May 2018 Products: Creative design accents are used to produce one of a kind stylish pieces of functional fine art ceramics. Allison Carey, cleveland.com, "Six Cleveland Flea vendors who create new, handmade home decor (photos)," 7 May 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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