There are 2 main definitions of china in English:

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china 1

Pronunciation: /ˈtʃʌɪnə/


1 [mass noun] A fine white or translucent vitrified ceramic material: a plate made of china [as modifier]: a china cup Also called porcelain.
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  • Home to cultural and architectural wonders and famous for its fine white china, the German city of Dresden still shone despite six years of war.
  • Gackt smiled as he sipped his tea from a little blue and white china cup.
  • Lady Holland dies as she is sipping tea from her fine china cup in her elegant little parlor.
1.1Household tableware or other objects made from china or a similar material: she had begun to remove the breakfast china
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  • With Christmas only a few weeks away, customers of the Main Street Store can check out the wide selection of gifts, china, household and curtains now located on the ground floor.
  • They've bagged much-coveted trophies like china, silver flatware and crystal from the first class dining area.
  • It is industry policy not to place clean china, flatware, or glassware on the floor.
dishes, plates, cups and saucers, crockery, dinner service, tea service;
North American  dinnerware;
Irish  delph
2British informal A friend.
From rhyming slang china plate 'mate'
Example sentences
  • Keep doing that chinas, and this just might be precisely the case!


Late 16th century (as an adjective): from Persian chīnī 'relating to China', where it was originally made.

Words that rhyme with china

angina, assigner, consignor, decliner, definer, Dinah, diner, diviner, forty-niner, hardliner, incliner, Indo-China, liner, maligner, Medina, miner, minor, mynah, recliner, refiner, Regina, Salina, Shekinah, shiner, signer, South Carolina, Steiner, twiner, whiner
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There are 2 main definitions of china in English:

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China 2

Pronunciation: /ˈtʃʌɪnə/
A country in East Asia, the third largest and most populous in the world; population 1,338,613,000 (est. 2009); language, Chinese (of which Mandarin is the official form); capital, Beijing. Official name People's Republic of China.

Chinese civilization stretches back until at least the 3rd millennium bc, the country being ruled by a series of dynasties until the Qing (or Manchu) dynasty was overthrown by Sun Yat-sen in 1911; China was proclaimed a republic the following year. After the Second World War the Kuomintang government of Chiang Kai-shek was overthrown by the communists under Mao Zedong, the People’s Republic of China being declared in 1949. Market-oriented reforms were introduced in the last quarter of the twentieth century

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