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

Our kids will grow up without ceramic piggy banks, gifts from the Tooth Fairy, and birthday cards from Grandma with a few bills slipped in. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 New encaustic tile can be harder to maintain than ceramic or porcelain tile, requiring special sealing and care, and might not be appropriate for wet zones like shower or bath surrounds unless treated properly. Lisa Selin Davis, WSJ, "The Kitchen’s New Design Darling: Cement Tile," 19 Nov. 2018 All of these have been making appearances at trendy antique stores, and some designers are taking to the centuries-old trade and producing their own modern-day grapes in ceramic and porcelain. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Feast Your Eyes on the Next Design Must-Have: Antique Marble Apples, Bananas, and Grapes Galore," 19 Oct. 2018 The casing of each earbud is made out of scratch-proof zirconium dioxide, which sounds like the same ceramic material as used in RHA’s previous high-end pair, the CL1 Ceramic. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "RHA announces in-ear planar magnetic earphones with wireless option," 23 Aug. 2018 With a titanium-and-ceramic body and a very small camera notch, Essential Phone is still very much a flagship phone. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "You can try out a fresh slice of Android 9 Pie with more than 50% off the Essential Phone," 20 Aug. 2018 For a safer alternative, the AAP recommends using glass or ceramic containers. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Plastic containers pose health risks for children, pediatricians warn," 2 Aug. 2018 Think about it for a second: has a Starbucks employee ever asked you to buy one of their ceramic cups? Spoon U, Teen Vogue, "How Starbucks Can Make a Bigger Difference Than Going Strawless," 20 July 2018 Fiberglass, plastic, lead, stone and ceramic containers can generally be left outside with plants in them over winter. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Pick garden containers that fit your taste and space — but ensure they drain properly," 10 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Over 4,000 students a year enroll in programs such as carpentry, ceramics, photography, and more. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 In this tiny corner studio, ceramics are created that turn the fantasy factory into The Fantasy Factory. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "The World Spins A Little Faster For Jonathan Adler," 26 July 2018 One clear example is a 2009 biomorphic abstract ceramic sculpture fired with a matte-textured glaze of intense cobalt blue. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Akron Art Museum celebrates lyrical abstractions of Jun Kaneko in show opening today (photos)," 17 Feb. 2018 Together these objects relate the complex history of an art whose development forms one of the most engaging chapters in the history of French ceramics. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections From the Sidney R. Knafel Collection’ Review: Not Dishwasher Safe," 1 Jan. 2019 Head to La Ciudadela for traditional crafts including textiles, jewelry and ceramics. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From...Mexico City," 17 Oct. 2016 Traditional Japanese art forms include sculpture, ink painting and calligraphy, woodblock prints, origami and ceramics. The Seattle Times, "From ancient to post-modern: Get art smart in Tokyo," 22 Oct. 2018 The two speakers are front-facing, the rear of the device feels like ceramic, and the stylus is well-balanced and accurate. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "HP Chromebook x2 review: semi-pro," 27 Sep. 2018 Well nylon’s a type of plastic, but steel, and some of the machines are using ceramics and so forth, yeah. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Making things is now a global movement. But is the U.S. making enough?," 27 Aug. 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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