chi·​na ˈchī-nə How to pronounce china (audio)
: porcelain
also : vitreous porcelain wares (such as dishes, vases, or ornaments) for domestic use
: earthenware or porcelain tableware

Examples of china in a Sentence

She uses her good china when she has company for dinner.
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Word History


Persian chīnī Chinese porcelain

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of china was in 1579

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Cite this Entry

“China.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


chi·​na ˈchī-nə How to pronounce china (audio)
: dishes of pottery or porcelain for use as tableware

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Chi·​na ˈchī-nə How to pronounce China (audio)
variants or officially People's Republic of China
country of eastern Asia bordering on the Pacific; the most populous country in the world; a republic whose capital is Beijing area 3,705,407 square miles (9,596,960 square kilometers), population 1,384,689,000

see also chinese

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