chi·​na | \ ˈchī-nə \

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 \
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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His clay sculptures line the china cabinet in the front room. Lydia Woolever, Popular Mechanics, "How Families Are Taking Care of Wounded Veterans," 28 Nov. 2018 Long banquet tables basked in the California sun, draped in white linen and set with my mother’s blue china. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, "The Trees In Your Yard: Are They Just Clutter?," 26 Sep. 2018 While reports have indicated that no Democrats from Congress were invited to the affair, the first lady is making a subtle nod to bipartisanship: Guests will dine on Bill Clinton and George W. Bush presidential china settings. Betsy Klein And Kate Bennett, CNN, "Melania Trump masters the moment," 24 Apr. 2018 The display includes two registries filled with signatures of well-known Twin Inns guests, menus, blue willow china, a recipe of Twin Inns corn fritters, photos, a timeline of the restaurant and a photo display of the restoration process. Linda Mcintosh,, "New director at Music Men Chorus," 14 May 2018 Antiques centers AG Antiques Heights store has been in the same family since the 1930s, with dozens of dealers offering jewelry, china, antiques, collectibles and more. 313 W. 19th, 713-862-1009; Houston Chronicle, "Antiques centers around Houston," 10 May 2018 The only one of our models tested to feature steam, the LG adds it to the heavy and delicate cycles to improve the cleaning of not only crusty cookware, but also delicate china and stemware. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "LG Fully-Integrated Dishwasher #LDF8874ST," 7 Mar. 2015 The first lady opted for a cream-and-gold color scheme, and will use a mix of china services from the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush., "President Trump welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron at White House," 24 Apr. 2018 The first lady opted for a cream-and-gold color scheme, and will use a mix of the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush china services. Darlene Suerville,, "First lady chooses lamb and opera for President Macron of France's state dinner," 23 Apr. 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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