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.

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Janet Reitano, who ran that bed-and-breakfast for more than 10 years, was still packing up her Victorian china and ornate furniture. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Akwaaba chooses theme for West Philadelphia bed-and-breakfast | Elizabeth Wellington," 5 July 2018 The cups, hand-painted and signed, incorporate the artist’s signature blue and white in reference to traditional Asian ceramic glazes, Dutch Delftware and Blue Willow china patterns. Matthew J. Palm,, "Take home art by Jiha Moon at Mennello special events," 3 July 2018 This is a president who likes to break china, and sometimes goes too far. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Tariff tantrums: Media accuse Trump of trying to destroy the West," 13 June 2018 Make your china look just as great for years to come with these tips. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Easter brunch menu is equally special for any spring affair," 28 Mar. 2018 Students were also invited to stop by the NU library on Friday to see some of the commemorative china and other items being sold around the world to help celebrate the royal wedding. Brian L. Cox,, "'Longest-running reality show': Northwestern professors provide insights on British royalty," 18 May 2018 An employee at the Belk store at SouthPark mall in south Charlotte is accused of stealing $25,000 worth of fine china and silverware, and then selling at least half of the merchandise on eBay. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "She said she couldn't pay medical bills, so she stole $25,000 in fine china from Belk, police say | Charlotte Observer," 8 May 2018 From the magnificent Lobmeyr chandelier (lowered and lit by hand, every day), landmarked marble floors, Bauscher china and Thonet chairs, every rich and shiny detail imbues Viennese charm into the hotel’s lobby, 3 restaurants and 188 rooms. Kari Costas, ELLE Decor, "The Suite Life: Contemporary Style Meets Old World Charm At The Grand Ferdinand Hotel," 20 Mar. 2018 This will not be not the plain white china to be found at Ikea. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Let Them Eat on Fancy Plates: Emmanuel Macron’s New China," 14 June 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


chi·​na | \ˈchī-nə \

Kids Definition of china

1 : porcelain

2 : dishes of pottery or porcelain for use as tableware

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