- any of several Chinese porcelains having a translucent, pale green glaze.
- any porcelain imitating these.
- a pale gray-green.
- having the color celadon.
Origin of celadon
Examples from the Web for celadon
Historical Examples of celadon
The "Celadon and Amelia" is dingy, and poor in all respects.
This is the celadon to which reference has already been made.The Gates of India
They reproduce the finest colors of the Celadon porcelain of Svres.Travels in South Kensington
Moncure Daniel Conway
The larger was celadon green; the smaller, off-white, was glowing, gleaming.Sugar Plum
Celadon, poetical name for a languid swain, all sighs and longings.The Nuttall Encyclopaedia
Edited by Rev. James Wood
- a type of porcelain having a greyish-green glaze: mainly Chinese
- a pale greyish-green colour, sometimes somewhat yellow
Word Origin for celadon
"pale grayish-green," 1768, from French Céladon, name of a character in the romance of "l'Astrée" by Honoré d'Urfé (1610); an insipidly sentimental lover who wore bright green clothes, he is named in turn after Greek Keladon, a character in Ovid's "Metamorphoses," whose name is said to mean "sounding with din or clamor." The mineral celadonite (1868) is so called for its color.