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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In Macedonia, the whole town of Vale, once famous for its porcelain, is now a global fake news hub. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Fake news has been enabling fascism for a whole century," 15 Aug. 2019 Wilt mixes materials as well as shapes, combining stoneware and porcelain with steel, concrete, wooden branches and clear glass. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Matt Wilt wields a deft hand for his ceramic creations," 3 Aug. 2019 The deflectors are easily removed and porcelain coated for easy cleanup. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Your Ultimate Grill Buying Guide—Tested and Approved," 18 July 2019 Societal expectations of Asian-American women would render me porcelain skinned, petite, and quietly thoughtful. Ann Yang, Bon Appétit, "I Started a Successful Food Company in College. By 25, I Had to Quit.," 15 July 2019 On a trip to Japan, Tsai discovered petal-thin papers that were byproducts of gold-leaf manufacturing — and secret tools used by geisha to blot oil off their porcelain-like skin. Khanh T.l. Tran, latimes.com, "She gave up everything to start beauty brand Tatcha. What happens after it’s sold?," 8 July 2019 All of ceramics are adorned with a grass landscape in cornflower blue—the same shade used across various pottery, from ancient Persian creations to Chinese porcelain, to Dutch delftware. Vogue, "Behold, Virgil Abloh and Off-White Just Launched the Coolest Home Collection," 16 Aug. 2019 Dishes at Feng, served on gorgeous porcelain, present an intricate artistry. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Regal dining at Feng Chophouse in Hartford (but for a king’s ransom)," 8 Aug. 2019 Vintage-style ceramic and porcelain Christmas trees, which became a mainstay of tabletops in the 1970s, have been slowly but surely making a comeback over the past decade, as Better Homes & Gardens pointed out. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "This Nostalgic Christmas Decoration is Making a Major Comeback," 8 Aug. 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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