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 Watercolor, aquarelle, Caran d’Ache pencils, oil painting, ceramic tiles, etc.—those are all fantastic. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "Benoît van Innis’s “Under the Weather”," 22 Feb. 2021 The pattern display of the ceramic tiles invokes a sense of play and comfort, while the lacquered ceiling reflects the natural light into the space. House Beautiful, "Richmond Designer Sara Hillery Is Inspired by Artists' Approaches to Color," 19 Feb. 2021 Leo Carson installed the ceramic bust on Dec. 12 at Latham Square in downtown Oakland. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "A ceramic bust of Breonna Taylor was vandalized in California. The sculptor calls it a 'racist attack,' vows to rebuild in bronze.," 29 Dec. 2020 The ceramic bust, which depicts a smiling Taylor, was installed in downtown Oakland near City Hall. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A bust of Breonna Taylor was damaged in an apparent act of vandalism," 28 Dec. 2020 From here one can access the full bath, which offers a white porcelain trough sink that’s mounted to the wall, a stand-alone shower behind a curtain, shelving, and brick-red ceramic tile flooring. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Home of the Week: A 3-bedroom unit in a Fort Point artists co-op puts creativity on display," 5 Feb. 2021 No research suggests that a flat iron’s materials (like titanium, ceramic, tourmaline, and copper) have different effects on hair, explains GH Beauty Lab Chemist Danusia Wnek. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, "How to Straighten Any Type of Hair Perfectly at Home, According to Hair Pros," 19 Jan. 2021 The ceramic plates help to release negative ions making hair smooth and sleek. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "Black Friday Has Arrived in Canada," 27 Nov. 2020 The foyer has large offset ceramic tile flooring that extends into a large family room with a corner stone fireplace and the adjacent kitchen. Dallas News, "Robbie Hale Homes holds open new design in Royse City," 24 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Topping our list is the Whirlpool Porcelain Broiler Pan and Grid, a durable ceramic-coated model designed primarily for Whirlpool brands, but also effective as a stand-alone broiler. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "The best broiler pan," 19 Dec. 2020 Typically, researchers have used either a plasticky polymer or a hard ceramic. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Did QuantumScape Just Solve a 40-Year-Old Battery Problem?," 8 Dec. 2020 This 10-piece set is made from titanium and ceramic and offers professional results with a non-stick surface that never quits. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "Cyber Monday: The best deals in Canada," 29 Nov. 2020 The line, put beneath the road when Harry Truman was president, is terra-cotta ceramic. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando’s secret life of sewers: What workers hope you never know," 18 Nov. 2020 This company's ceramic-coated pellet fuel is low enriched, safer, and more stable. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Thermal Nuclear Engine That Could Get Us to Mars in Just 3 Months," 9 Nov. 2020 It’s made from a heat-resistant ceramic and has a solid 4.5-star rating from more than 500 shoppers, who loved its super cute exterior. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Monday," 27 Oct. 2020 The ceramic-coated pot is nonstick, dishwasher-safe and can fit a 7-pound chicken or eight chicken breasts. NBC News, "Amazon Prime Day 2020: Best sales and deals to shop now," 14 Oct. 2020 It’s a ceramic that’s fired at high temps and can be mixed with vitreous (glass) for extra durability. Shanna Shipin, Glamour, "The 25 Best Coffee Mugs to Live Your Most Caffeinated Life in 2020," 29 Sep. 2020

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Ceramic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceramic. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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