china

noun
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

China

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 3,691,502 square miles (9,597,905 square kilometers), population 1,335,000,000

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

This china has been in their family for years, and her great-aunt wanted to send as a gift. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 Unlike a credenza, sideboards typically have cabinets that extend to the floor, and can come with hutches that add additional space for displaying fine china or other decorative pieces. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How to Choose the Perfect Credenza," 19 Dec. 2018 Several non-china items, such as souvenir wedding shortbread (£2.95), and a tea towel (£9.95), are also available. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie's Wedding China Reveals an Interesting Detail About Her Royal Monogram," 28 Sep. 2018 The fare is rightfully plated on china that serves as the canvas. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Best Day Trips from Seattle," 17 May 2018 Or the wedding classic: One place setting of china, rather than candlesticks that cost the same amount. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "You Got Them Exactly the Wrong Thing, Didn’t You?," 22 Dec. 2018 There’s also a wide array of wedding china, British flag napkins, on-theme tablecloths, masks of the couple’s faces, and so much more to decorate your viewing party. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "How to Host the Ultimate Royal Wedding Viewing Party," 9 May 2018 But most eye-catching in the kitchen is the collections of china, crystal, plates and ornamental boxes that Hoksch has displayed on open shelves. Kadee Krieger, NOLA.com, "Shotgun House Tour opens the doors to eclectic beauties in Algiers Point," 9 May 2018 Guests enjoyed fine china, perfectly steeped tea, sweets, and finger sandwiches. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Tulip Tea Benefits Charity," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of china

Noun

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for china

Noun

Persian chīnī Chinese porcelain

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china

noun

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

china

noun
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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