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



BrE BrE//ˈpɔːsəlɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːrsəlɪn//
[uncountable, countable]
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a hard white shiny substance made by baking clay and used for making delicate cups, plates and decorative objects; objects that are made of this a porcelain figure a collection of oriental porcelain The design is copied from Japanese porcelains of the fourteenth century. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French porcelaine, from Italian porcellana ‘cowrie shell’, hence ‘chinaware’ (from its resemblance to the dense polished shells).
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