chi·na | \ ˈchī-nə \

Definition of china 

1 : porcelain also : vitreous porcelain wares (such as dishes, vases, or ornaments) for domestic use

2 : earthenware or porcelain tableware

Examples of china in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Use beautiful china, crystal, and gorgeous silver when having a dinner party. Tinsley Mortimer, Town & Country, "Tinsley Mortimer's Guide to Hosting Like a Socialite," 3 May 2017 The china is on display in the Deane House with a traditional New Year’s dinner. Kathleen Mcwilliams, Courant Community, "Six Historic Treasures Now On Display at the Webb Deane Stevens Museum," 29 June 2018 The dishes were just as eclectic, ranging from rustic pottery to pretty Victorian flowered china. Polly Campbell,, "Clyborne Provisions and Spirits is a suburban surprise," 27 June 2018 Fortify your castles and prepare your best cosmic china, astro babes. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes June 25-July 1," 23 June 2018 The couple no longer accepts Hummel figurines that once adorned shelves in so many Baltimore living rooms or pricey, ornate china settings, which must be hand washed and aren’t a necessity for minimalist millennials. Jessica Anderson,, "Toy-collecting couple in Towson in search of dolls, trains and treasures of the past," 23 June 2018 In some homes, dining rooms are reserved for formal gatherings and celebrations — a space where the best china is laid out among the finest linens and most elegant decor. Detroit Free Press, "6 ways to make the most of your dining room space," 21 June 2018 That's the same narrative Trump has for himself -- a china-breaker who freaks out the squares. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "10 headlines that will make you wonder how Scott Pruitt still has a job," 6 June 2018 The Bartolottas found an Italian linen for the restaurant's napkins that will stand up to commercial use; and new plates are from Ginori, an Italian china-maker. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ristorante Bartolotta in Wauwaosa is closing for remodeling Monday, will re-open in mid-June," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of china

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for china

Persian chīnī Chinese porcelain

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English Language Learners Definition of china

: a hard white material that is made of baked clay and used to make plates, bowls, etc.

: plates, bowls, cups, etc., that are made of china


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Kids Definition of china

1 : porcelain

2 : dishes of pottery or porcelain for use as tableware

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