- ceramic ware of a type originally from China
- any porcelain or similar ware
- cups, saucers, etc, collectively
- (modifier) made of china
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
- Ceramicsa material made from baked clay originally imported from China and used for making plates, etc.;
porcelain:China is very delicate.
- Ceramicsany plates or tableware made of porcelain or ceramic:She brought out her best china.
- Ceramicsa translucent ceramic material, biscuit-fired at a high temperature, its glaze fired at a low temperature.
- Ceramicsany porcelain ware.
- Ceramicsplates, cups, saucers, etc., collectively.
- Ceramicsfigurines made of porcelain or ceramic material, collectively:a collection of china.
- Dialect Terms[Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.]a playing marble of china, or sometimes of porcelain or glass.
- Ceramicsmade of china.
- indicating the twentieth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary. See table under wedding anniversary.
- by ellipsis from chinaware 1645–55
- Place NamesPeople's Republic of, a country in E Asia. 1,221,591,778;
3,691,502 sq. mi. (9,560,990 sq. km). Cap.: Beijing.
- Place NamesRepublic of. Also called Nationalist China. a republic consisting mainly of the island of Taiwan off the SE coast of mainland China: under Nationalist control since 1948 but claimed by the People's Republic of China. 16,100,000;
13,885 sq. mi. (35,960 sq. km). Cap.: Taipei.
- Brit South African informal a friend or companion
- People's Republic of China, Communist China, Red China ⇒ a republic in E Asia: the third largest and the most populous country in the world; the oldest continuing civilization (beginning over 2000 years bc); republic established in 1911 after the overthrow of the Manchu dynasty by Sun Yat-sen; People's Republic formed in 1949; the 1980s and 1990s saw economic liberalization but a rejection of political reform; contains vast deserts, steppes, great mountain ranges (Himalayas, Kunlun, Tian Shan, and Nan Shan), a central rugged plateau, and intensively cultivated E plains. Language: Chinese in various dialects, the chief of which is Mandarin. Religion: nonreligious majority; Buddhist and Taoist minorities. Currency: yuan. Capital: Beijing. Pop: 1 300 000 000 (2005 est). Area: 9 560 990 sq km (3 691 502 sq miles)
- Republic of China, Nationalist China, Taiwan ⇒ a republic (recognized as independent by only 24 nations) in E Asia occupying the island of Taiwan, 13 nearby islands, and 64 islands of the Penghu (Pescadores) group: established in 1949 by the Nationalist government of China under Chiang Kai-shek after its expulsion by the Communists from the mainland; its territory claimed by the People's Republic of China since the political separation from the mainland; under US protection 1954–79; lost its seat at the UN to the People's Republic of China in 1971; state of war with the People's Republic of China formally ended in 1991, though tensions continue owing to the unresolved territorial claim. Language: Mandarin Chinese. Religion: nonreligious majority, Buddhist and Taoist minorities. Currency: New Taiwan dollar. Capital: Taipei. Pop: 22 610 000 (2003 est). Area: 35 981 sq km (13 892 sq miles)
Former name: Formosa