porcelain

noun
por·​ce·​lain | \ ˈpȯr-s(ə-)lən How to pronounce porcelain (audio) \

Definition of porcelain

1 : a hard, fine-grained, sonorous, nonporous, and usually translucent and white ceramic ware that consists essentially of kaolin, quartz, and a feldspathic rock and is fired at a high temperature

called also hard-paste porcelain, true porcelain

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Other Words from porcelain

porcelainlike \ ˈpȯr-​s(ə-​)lən-​ˌlīk How to pronounce porcelainlike (audio) \ adjective
porcelaneous or porcellaneous \ ˌpȯr-​sə-​ˈlā-​nē-​əs How to pronounce porcellaneous (audio) \ adjective

Examples of porcelain in a Sentence

The bowl is made of porcelain.

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Some low-maintenance products have minimal annual maintenance, such as marble and granite, which need to be sealed regularly while quartz, porcelain and ceramic materials do not require sealing. May Delgado, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Experience low-maintenance living," 16 June 2019 Back in the castle there are remarkable art collections to admire — including silver, porcelain and French furniture and art (most notably Rembrandt's Old Woman Reading). Glasgow, USA TODAY, "Glasgow, Gateway to Scotland: Witness the beauty and history of these 15 majestic castles," 13 June 2019 Like things of the same color, small pink porcelain or ceramics. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Why These Designers Say You Should Embrace Clutter," 13 May 2019 The third setup swaps these stealthy appetizers for three porcelain bowls. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Just Watch How This Rolls-Royce Champagne Case Cracks Open," 22 May 2019 Now’s a great time to inspect porcelain grates for chips that may lead to rust later on. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your BBQ Grill," 14 May 2019 The exhibitors will include weavings by Michelle Batho and porcelain ceramics by Melissa Goldstein’s Mg by hand, which are inspired by 17th century German and Japanese botanical illustration. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "This Hudson Valley Craft Market Will Jumpstart Your Garden," 9 May 2019 The sale’s variety included gold hat pins, porcelain services for 20, 30 or 40 and their remnants, antique textiles, festooned finger bowls, fine furniture, and examples of every sort of object possible to craft from sterling silver. Michael Henry Adams, Town & Country, "Inside the Auction of Eileen Slocum's Astounding Newport Mansion," 28 Sep. 2018 The collection features porcelain trays, coasters, and boxes emblazoned with a silver hemp leaf on a black background or a sultry pair of red lips dangling a smoke. Jennifer Milne, ELLE Decor, "In Time for 4/20, the Ultimate and Uber-Chic Weed Accessories from Jonathan Adler," 19 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of porcelain

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for porcelain

Middle French porcelaine cowrie shell, porcelain, from Italian porcellana, from porcello vulva, literally, little pig, from Latin porcellus, diminutive of porcus pig, vulva; from the shape of the shell — more at farrow

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porcelain

noun

English Language Learners Definition of porcelain

: a hard, white substance that is very delicate and that is made by baking clay

porcelain

noun
por·​ce·​lain | \ ˈpȯr-sə-lən How to pronounce porcelain (audio) \

Kids Definition of porcelain

: a hard white product of baked clay used especially for dishes, tile, and decorative objects

porcelain

noun
por·​ce·​lain | \ ˈpōr-s(ə-)lən, ˈpȯr- How to pronounce porcelain (audio) \

Medical Definition of porcelain

: a hard, fine-grained, nonporous, and usually translucent and white ceramic ware that consists essentially of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar and that has many uses in dentistry

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