porcelain[pôr′sə lin, pôrs′lin]
- Porcelain is a hard, white non-porous type of ceramic.
- An example of porcelain is a type of veneers for teeth.
- An example of porcelain is a set of English dinner ware.
- a hard, white, nonporous, translucent variety of ceramic ware, made of kaolin, feldspar, and quartz or flint
- porcelain dishes or ornaments, collectively
Origin of porcelainFrench porcelaine ; from Italian porcellana, origin, originally , a kind of shell ; from porcella, little pig, vulva (; from Classical Latin porcellus, diminutive of porcus, pig, vulva): see farrow
made of porcelain
- A hard, white, translucent ceramic made by firing a pure clay and then glazing it with variously colored fusible materials; china.
- An object made of this substance.
Origin of porcelainFrench porcelaine, cowry shell, porcelain, from Old French, from Old Italian porcellana, from feminine of porcellano, of a young sow (from the shell's resemblance to a pig's back), from porcella, young sow, diminutive of porca, sow, from Latin, feminine of porcus, pig; see porko- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural porcelains)