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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
chi•na /ˈtʃaɪnə/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
    1. Ceramicsa material made from baked clay originally imported from China and used for making plates, etc.;
      porcelain:China is very delicate.
    1. Ceramicsany plates or tableware made of porcelain or ceramic:She brought out her best china.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
chi•na  (chīnə), 
    1. Ceramicsa translucent ceramic material, biscuit-fired at a high temperature, its glaze fired at a low temperature.
    1. Ceramicsany porcelain ware.
    1. Ceramicsplates, cups, saucers, etc., collectively.
    1. Ceramicsfigurines made of porcelain or ceramic material, collectively:a collection of china.
    1. Dialect Terms[Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.]a playing marble of china, or sometimes of porcelain or glass.

  1. Ceramicsmade of china.
  1. indicating the twentieth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary. See table under wedding anniversary. 
  • by ellipsis from chinaware 1645–55

Chi•na  (chīnə), 
    1. 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.
    1. 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.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

china /ˈtʃaɪnə/ n
  1. ceramic ware of a type originally from China
  2. any porcelain or similar ware
  3. cups, saucers, etc, collectively
  4. (modifier) made of china
Etymology: 16th Century chiny, from Persian chīnī
china /ˈtʃaɪnə/ n
  1. Brit South African informal a friend or companion
Etymology: 19th Century: originally Cockney rhyming slang: china plate, mate

China /ˈtʃaɪnə/ n
  1. People's Republic of China, Communist China, Red Chinaa 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)
  2. Republic of China, Nationalist China, Taiwana 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
Related adjective(s): Sinitic

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