[sel-uh-don, -dn]


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

1760–70; named after Céladon, name of a character in L' Astrée, a tale by H. d'Urfé (1568–1625), French writer
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a type of porcelain having a greyish-green glaze: mainly Chinese
a pale greyish-green colour, sometimes somewhat yellow

Word Origin for celadon

C18: from French, from the name of the shepherd hero of L'Astrée (1610), a romance by Honoré d'Urfé
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Word Origin and History 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.

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