The definition of china means dishware made of porcelain or earthenware.(noun)
An example of china is a porcelain plate used for special occasions.
China is a country in Asia.(noun)
An example of China is the country with the capital of Beijing.
See china in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: after China, where first produced
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Origin: Persian chīnī
Origin: , ultimately from Chinese (Mandarin) Qín, Qin; see Qin. Word History: Our term china for porcelain or ceramic ware is a shortening of chinaware and probably china dishes. Although the word china is identical in spelling to the name of the country, there are 16th- and 17th-century spellings like chiney, cheny, and cheney that reflect the borrowing into English of the Persian term for this porcelain, chīnī. The Persian word and the Sanskrit word cīnāḥ, “Chinese people,” which gave us the English name for the country, go back to the Chinese word Qín, the name of the dynasty that ruled China from 221 to 206 B.C.
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an obsession with China and things Chinese.
anything typically Chinese or made in a Chinese manner.
the philosophy and doctrines espoused by Confucius, 5th century B.C. Chinese philosopher and mor al teacher.
the predominant Chinese form of Buddhism, Foh being the Chinese name for Buddha. —Fohist, n.
1. the political and social theories and policies of Mao Zedong (1893-1976), Chinese communist leader, especially with regard to revolution and agrarian reform.
2. adherence to or belief in Mao’s doctrines. —Maoist, n., adj.
the doctrines of Mo-Tze, Chinese sage of the 5th century, B.C., who advocated government by an absolute monarch and universal love. —Mohist, n., adj.
1. a trait or custom peculiar to the Chinese.
2. the use in another language of a Chinese word, idiom, or expression.
the branch of anthropology that studies Chinese culture. —Sinologist, Sinologue, n. —Sinological, adj.
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