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

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 Those looking to go cottagecore at home can shop teas by Palais des Thes, cocktail napkins from Kim Seybert, fine china by Juliksa, bedding by Sky, colorful party supplies by Meri Meri and more. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2022 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, 5 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., 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, 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, 18 Mar. 2020 The items taken were stereo equipment and some antique china. cleveland, 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, 27 Feb. 2020 See More

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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 9 Aug. 2022.

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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

China geographical name

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

Definition of China

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

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