chi·​na | \ ˈchī-nə How to pronounce china (audio) \

Definition of china

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


geographical name
Chi·​na | \ ˈchī-nə How to pronounce China (audio) \
variants: or officially People's Republic of China

Definition of China (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of china in a Sentence

Noun She uses her good china when she has company for dinner.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The tea and small bites are served on Christian Lacroix china, a pattern with butterflies, the store’s longtime signature symbol. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: Spring hasn’t been canceled at NorthPark, Highland Park Village and Neiman Marcus," 5 Mar. 2020 Unable to prevent Drummond from going bull-in-china-closet in their paint, the Spurs trailed 26-10 to start the game. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Heart won’t get Spurs into NBA playoffs," 8 Mar. 2020 In the bottom of a china cabinet, behind some plates, the officers found a semiautomatic handgun that had been bought in pieces and assembled into a working weapon., "‘Ghost guns’ made from kits are untraceable — and legal - The Boston Globe," 20 Oct. 2019 The number of deaths due to the coronavirus has risen to 2,465 worldwide, with 79,930 globally and 20 deaths outside of mainland china. Rob Mclean, CNN, "Dow futures fall as coronavirus continues to spread," 23 Feb. 2020 For miles around Utah’s capital, china rattled in cabinets, pictures plummeted off walls and power snapped out. Maria Cramer, New York Times, "5.7-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Near Salt Lake City: ‘The Last Thing We Need Right Now’," 18 Mar. 2020 The items taken were stereo equipment and some antique china. cleveland, "Drunk woman refuses to leave residence: Fairview Park Police Blotter," 4 Mar. 2020 Most of the ceramic pieces represent fancy servingware, like the fine china people today might bring out for guests. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "‘Astounding new finds’ suggest ancient empire may be hiding in plain sight," 27 Feb. 2020 Grandma china sits between vintage suitcases on a shelf. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Former Big Al's Superstore turned into fried chicken restaurant by 'Top Chef' contestants," 29 Jan. 2020

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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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“China.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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


chi·​na | \ ˈchī-nə How to pronounce china (audio) \

Kids Definition of china

1 : porcelain
2 : dishes of pottery or porcelain for use as tableware

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