Definition of china noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtʃaɪnə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃaɪnə//
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  1. 1white clay which is baked and used for making delicate cups, plates, etc. a china vase see also bone china
  2. 2cups, plates, etc. that are made of china She got out the best china.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (as an adjective): from Persian chīnī ‘relating to China’, where it was originally made.Extra examples She had already chosen the china pattern and table linen for their new house. The china cabinet was filled with expensive dishes. fine bone china tablewareIdioms a person who is careless, or who moves or acts in a rough or awkward way, in a place or situation where skill and care are needed You’re not going to go storming in there like a bull in a china shop, are you?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: china