An example of China is the country with the capital of Beijing.
An example of china is a porcelain plate used for special occasions.
Origin of china
- 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).
- After the country China.
- From china plate.