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.
Recent Examples on the Web Not to her new girlfriend George, who looks like a porcelain doll. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "The Cast Of Channel 4’s Feel Good Will Give You All The Feels," 19 Mar. 2020 The remodeled residence at 1 Cypress Court Point is priced at $725,000 and features a modern glass front door and exterior lighting and rectangular porcelain tile flooring. Dallas News, "Mediterranean-Tuscan-style homes available in Frisco," 14 Mar. 2020 Gucci's Instagram account has released some teaser videos ahead of the show, which feature porcelain dolls, toy carousels, and dollhouses. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "A Livestream to Gucci's Fall 2020 Runway Show," 18 Feb. 2020 Most unusual material used: Antique porcelain doll’s eyes. Vogue, "19 FIT, Pratt, and Parsons 2019 Graduates on Their Collections and the Future of Fashion," 22 May 2019 The modern kitchen includes a soaring island, stainless-steel appliances, and a porcelain floor. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "NBA Legend Shaquille O'Neal Lists His Multi-Million Ventura County Home for Sale on Instagram," 7 Feb. 2020 French porcelain urn — 1890 Q. This large vase was a housewarming gift for my grandparents in about 1908. oregonlive, "French urn, Pittsburgh lamp could be worth thousands: Today’s Collectibles," 1 Feb. 2020 Designers first borrowed porcelain ginger jars exported from China. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Winter Show’s Many Small Treasures," 28 Jan. 2020 The kitchens feature Neolith porcelain countertops and backsplash, Level 3 SieMatic cabinetry, Wolf/Sub-Zero appliances and a Marvel wine tower. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial condominium offers expansive homes with amenities," 7 Dec. 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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The first known use of porcelain was circa 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Porcelain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porcelain. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of porcelain

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


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


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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