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[sel-uh-don, -dn]
  1. any of several Chinese porcelains having a translucent, pale green glaze.
  2. any porcelain imitating these.
  3. a pale gray-green.
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  1. having the color celadon.
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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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Examples from the Web for celadon

Historical Examples

  • The "Celadon and Amelia" is dingy, and poor in all respects.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843


  • This is the celadon to which reference has already been made.

    The Gates of India

    Thomas Holdich

  • 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

    Reginald Bretnor

  • Celadon, poetical name for a languid swain, all sighs and longings.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

British Dictionary definitions for celadon


  1. a type of porcelain having a greyish-green glaze: mainly Chinese
  2. a pale greyish-green colour, sometimes somewhat yellow
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Word Origin

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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