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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In person, the ceramic model really is every bit as luxurious as its name implies. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "10 Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+ features that actually surprised us," 20 Feb. 2019 Or a set of indigo ceramic bowls that will hold your salts and sugars beautifully. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Organization, but Make it Fashion: 12 Home Items That Are Chic and Functional," 17 Jan. 2019 In the other rooms, Irish has placed several ceramic works: pairs of large bowls attached to each other, painted with scenes and maps that evoke specific places. Thomas Hine, Philly.com, "'Antipodes' at Lemon Hill shows a way forward: Philly's mansions don't need to be musty antiques," 25 Apr. 2018 The shows she's staged over the last three years aim to stretch traditional conceptions of ceramic work. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Ceramic art, once written off as mere craft, wins a brighter spotlight in the L.A. scene," 25 Apr. 2018 For true benefits, a bio-ceramic garment should fit snugly to the skin and be worn for hours at a time. Jamie Lisanti, SI.com, "Far Infrared Saunas: Explaining the Latest Trend in Athlete Recovery," 9 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The meal, served on Creative Growth ceramics, was inspired by the favorite foods of the artists, including a cake disguised as spaghetti and meringues inspired by artist Aurie Ramirez’s soap, Marshmallow Cloud. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Method Soap Bottles Get a Colorful Makeover Thanks to Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center," 5 Feb. 2019 This ladies’ sports watch is made of matte black ceramic with red gold accents and a sharp-​looking diamond set into the crown. Cara Barrett And Stephen Pulvirent | Hodinkee, ELLE Decor, "This Matte Black Ceramic Watch Is the Epitome of Sporty Elegance," 22 Oct. 2018 Italian ceramics inspire the swirling patterns and textures on garments, like a pleated skirt with a swirling pattern worn beneath a masculine check jacket belted at the side. Colleen Barry, Fox News, "Milan Fashion: Arbesser embraces sustainability," 19 Sep. 2018 Highlights include lusterware ceramics from Moorish Spain and diplomatic gifts, such as a stuffed version of the real-life Medici giraffe sent by Sultan Qaitbay of Mamluk Egypt to Lorenzo the Magnificent in 1487. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Two Florence Museums Are Tracing the City’s 500-Year Connection to Islamic Art," 5 July 2018 Seatings are at 6 and 9 p.m. The food is served on ceramics by Korean artisans, and guests can select designer chopsticks to use throughout the meal. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Bergdorf’s Revitalizes Its Lower-Level Cafe," 5 June 2018 Good ceramics often come with price tags that run well into the hundreds. Matt Sebra, GQ, "You Could Use a Style Upgrade," 10 Apr. 2018 Because making ceramics requires persistence and all-consuming concentration, it is said to be a perfect salve for a particular set of modern anxieties — too much work, too much news, too much internet. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "How Online Hobbyists Can Reaffirm Your Faith in the Internet," 11 July 2018 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

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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 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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