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 The device does not display anatomical body parts and can detect metal, plastic, ceramic, gel, liquid, powder and paper hidden in people’s clothing from up to 32 feet away, according to Thruvision. Justin George, Washington Post, "Metro teams up with TSA to test anti-explosive detection system," 17 Dec. 2019 There are also options for other Christmas tree night lights that aren’t ceramic, but have a similar aesthetic of merry bright lights. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Ceramic Christmas Tree Night Lights Will Make Your Home Glow Bright from Corner-to-Corner," 17 Oct. 2019 The administration has stepped up its use of trade remedies to counter Chinese subsidies, hitting in the past two months imports of steel staples, diamond saw blades, hardwood lumber and ceramic tiles with defensive levies of as much as 356%. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "Initial U.S.-China trade deal has major hole: Beijing’s massive business subsidies," 31 Dec. 2019 Based in part on similarities between ceramic materials found at both sites, archaeologists believe that Kulubá was under the control of Chichén Itzá, the INAH explains. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "An Ancient Maya Palace Was Discovered in Yucatán State," 28 Dec. 2019 Pan Am used designer plates and glassware with ceramic salt and pepper shakers for all economy class meals. Ramsey Qubein, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Pan Am Created the Modern Economy Class," 26 Dec. 2019 Perfect for taking food and drink on the go, this ceramic bundle is a collection of items such as bowls, mugs and a water bottle, all designed to replace single-use plastics. Noelle Ike, CNN Money, "The best fitness and health gifts for starting the new year off stronger than ever," 23 Dec. 2019 For more than five decades, Zagar has been installing mosaics—made of everything from mirrors and Mexican crockery to old wine bottles and ceramic baby dolls—that glint and catch the sun along South Philly’s side streets. Dina Litovsky, National Geographic, "Here’s why you’ll fall in love with Philadelphia," 14 Dec. 2019 Wide ceramic troughs of homemade country pork pâté and rough, aspic-jiggly headcheese, wheels of crusty brown bread, fat links of saucisson sec, more oysters. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, "My Totally Racous, Très French, Super Wine-Soaked Weekend in the Loire," 13 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 270-square-foot store includes a wide selection of gifts, such as jewelry, ceramics, candles, soaps, cards and clothing. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Brown Deer native just opened a gift shop featuring local artists down the street from where she grew up," 3 Jan. 2020 Set along the idyllic Riverwalk in downtown Northfield, nearly 70 fine artists and craftspersons sell their work — ceramics, jewelry, paintings, fiber, wood and steel — offering something for everyone. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Find inspiration and solutions at these home, garden and art tours," 28 Sep. 2019 The specialty items include homemade quilts, blown glass, ceramics, jewelry and a selection of fall decor. Daily Pilot, "Harvest Festival ushers in autumn at O.C. fairgrounds," 20 Sep. 2019 Paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics and more will be sold. Anchorage Daily News, "First Friday art openings: Personal, political, whimsical," 1 Aug. 2019 Architect Tristan Auer designed the hotel with Thai and French influences in mind and used lacquer, silk, ceramics and basketwork for decorations. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "The most-anticipated 2020 hotel openings around the world," 24 Dec. 2019 Working with a transparent version of a common ceramic and a laser technique similar to the one used for glass, the researchers successfully welded cylindrical containers. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "New Technique Welds Ceramics with Lasers," 24 Nov. 2019 Each week, children explore a theme through a different medium, such as collage, painting, papier-mache, ceramics and more. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Brecksville LobsterFest -- another delicious success: Talk of the Towns," 25 Oct. 2019 The ceramic and mixed-media sculptures present as objects that could have been pulled from the geological events that the paintings depict, and serve as windows through which to view those events. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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21 Jan 2020

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“Ceramic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceramic. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce ceramic (audio)

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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