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 3,705,407 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

China Doll, introduced in 1946, is a vigorous spreading polyantha that produces large flushes of china-rose pink pom-pom blooms. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Polyantha roses are prolific bloomers and rugged survivors," 12 Sep. 2019 The bull-in-the-china-shop who can put offcoworkers with her sometimes-abrasive smarts? Corilyn Shropshire, chicagotribune.com, "Serial entrepreneurs start boot camp to help Chicago women move ahead at work — to the C-suite, or however they define success," 6 Sep. 2019 The glass-front cabinets show off Royal Worcester china from Marchant husband’s parents’ home in England. Roxanne Washington, cleveland.com, "Cool Spaces: Cozy ‘castle’ is among eight stops on Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour Sept. 15," 30 Aug. 2019 When done simmering, remove chicken bones and push mixture through a china cap. Dallas News, "Sous vide school: 3 top Dallas chefs teach us how to cook chicken, steak and even octopus," 20 Aug. 2019 Haul out old china and put heirloom patterns back on the table. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "Madcap Couple: 10 Ways to pile on pizzazz at home," 19 July 2019 Items on shelves: Knickknacks, Grandmother’s china or crystal vases can turn into financial and emotional losses, and dangerous projectiles, according to the Earthquake Alliance. Steve Carney, latimes.com, "The 9 earthquake hazards lurking in your home," 13 July 2019 There is a section for Fiestaware and another for Spode Christmas china. Susan Harlan, Curbed, "The dish store that is my home away from home," 11 July 2019 Not to mention fine china and silverware serve to delineate the haves (first and business class) from the have-nots (economy). Jasmin Malik Chua, Vox, "The best $3,000 I ever spent: training for my unruly dog," 9 July 2019

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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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