China Definition

chīnə
noun
Porcelain or any ceramic ware like porcelain.
Webster's New World
Dishes, ornaments, etc. made of china.
Webster's New World
Any earthenware dishes or crockery.
Webster's New World

(uncountable) The root of a climbing plant, Smilax china L., once believed to have important medicinal properties.

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(countable, music) A cymbal, flattened at the perimeter, about 16 to 20 inches (40 to 50 centimetres) across, that is ridden or crashed to produce a distinctive "trashy" sound.

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adjective
Made of china.
Webster's New World
proper name

Country in E Asia: before 1912, the Chinese Empire: 3,705,407 sq mi (9,596,960 sq km); cap. Beijing.

Webster's New World
This country variously from 1912 until the Kuomintang party fled to Taiwan in 1949
Webster's New World
pronoun

A country in East Asia, officially named the People's Republic of China (中华人民共和国).

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The civilization of the Chinese people.

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Other Word Forms of China

Noun

Singular:
china
Plural:
chinas

Origin of China

  • From Persian چینی (čīnī, “Chinese; porcelain”), compound of چین (čīn, “China”) and the suffix ـی (-ī), from Middle Persian (čīn, “China”), ultimately from Sanskrit चीन (cīna).

    From Wiktionary

  • Variant of earlier chiney from Persian chīnī Chinese from chīn China ultimately of Chinese origin akin to Mandarin Qín Qin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Typically thought to be derived from the Qin (Wade-Giles: "Ch'in") Dynasty (秦朝).

    From Wiktionary

  • After the country China.

    From Wiktionary

  • From china plate.

    From Wiktionary

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