- of or relating to pottery, earthenware, tile, porcelain, etc.
- of ceramics
Origin of ceramicClassical Greek keramikos from keramos, potter's clay, pottery
- [pl., with sing. v.] the art or work of making objects of baked clay, as pottery, earthenware, etc.
- an object made of such materials: often used in pl.
- Any of various hard, brittle, heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant materials made by shaping and then firing a nonmetallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature.
- a. An object, such as earthenware, porcelain, or tile, made of ceramic.b. ceramics used with a sing. verb The art or technique of making objects of ceramic, especially from fired clay.
Origin of ceramicFrom Greek keramikos of pottery from keramos potter's clay ; see ker-3 in Indo-European roots.
- made of material produced by the high temperature firing of inorganic, nonmetallic rocks and minerals.
- A ceramic vase stood on the table.
(countable and uncountable, plural ceramics)
- (uncountable) A hard brittle material that is produced through burning of nonmetallic minerals at high temperatures
- Joan made the dish of ceramic.
- (countable) An object made of this material
- Joe had dozens of ceramics in his apartment.
From Ancient Greek κεραμικός (keramikos, “potter's”), from κέραμος (keramos, “potter's clay”), perhaps from a pre-Hellenic word.