- 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
- 1 [mass noun] A fine white or translucent vitrified ceramic material: a plate made of china [as modifier]: a china cup Also called porcelain.More example sentences
- 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 chinaMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2British • informal A friend.[from rhyming slang china plate 'mate']More 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late 16th century (as an adjective): from Persian chīnī 'relating to China', where it was originally made.