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 Rooms are done up in a very Capri color scheme of blue and white—milky ceramic tiles feature blue motifs, and blanched white linen upholstery adds a crispness. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 17 June 2022 This is the place to go for furniture, textiles, and ceramic tiles. Elizabeth Cantrell, Travel + Leisure, 14 June 2022 For this little girl’s bathroom in Wellesley, ceramic tiles in a subtle shade of blush, which Hughes installed vertically, make the space feel both modern and warm, as well as sophisticated and sweet. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2022 The kit features an LED grow light, ceramic bowl, and 3 seed pads to grow 100% organic microgreens that can be harvested every 7 days using hydroponic soil-free technology. Olivia O'bryon, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2022 A few yards away, another researcher brushes dirt from a ceramic bowl intricately painted with bamboo and floral motifs. Matt Stirn, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2022 Sotheby's is hosting an auction in March that will include a unique NFT as well as the actual ceramic bowl. CBS News, 26 Jan. 2022 Fire Magic has solved the problem of the impatient grill master with its Magic View Window, a heat-resistant pane of ceramic glass built right into the hood. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 11 Nov. 2021 For my needs, a quart-size glass bowl or high-sided 6-inch ceramic dish works well for a party of 4–6. Kyle Beechey, Bon Appétit, 17 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The back of the car also lacks a grille, giving you an unobstructed view of its new ceramic-coated exhaust system, which weighs 9.7 pounds. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 20 June 2022 Equaling the average size of a laptop, this ceramic-coated, portable grill is perfect for the beach, boat, campsite, or apartment patio. Katie Dupere And Vanessa Powell, Men's Health, 19 May 2022 Rome's most iconic landmark, the Colosseum, inspired the design for Bulgari's signature B.zero1, rendered here in a dramatic pairing of rose gold and black ceramic. Dania Lucero Ortiz, Town & Country, 18 May 2022 Safeguarding the adult beverage within the ceramic is a cork stopper along the roof, which is sealed under wax. Brad Japhe, Travel + Leisure, 15 Apr. 2022 Made in the early 16th century, the style of the Japanese ceramic drew on inspiration and traditions from China. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2022 Straps: Black ceramic with 18-Karat white gold triple-folding buckle. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 30 Mar. 2022 Aiming to bring back tourists, Moche’s mayor tapped the region’s past with a bawdy idea: Put up a giant replica of an erotic ceramic from the pre-Incan Moche civilization that once flourished in the area. Ryan Dube, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 Our columnist Jakob Schiller swears by this one from HMM, made from a Japanese ceramic that doesn’t affect the taste of your joe. The Editors, Outside Online, 15 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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More Definitions for ceramic


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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