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  1. dishes, ornaments, etc., made of china.
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Origin of chinaware

1625–35; china + ware1; replacing Cheney ware, probably < Hindi < Persian chīnī Chinese
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Examples from the Web for china-ware

Historical Examples

  • There was a clatter of china-ware, deep, boisterous laughter, and a woman's voice in shrill accents.

    Through the Gates of Old Romance

    W. Jay Mills

  • May not this strange formation of natural brick and china-ware be of immense age—humanly, not geologically, speaking?

    At Last

    Charles Kingsley

  • He had with him several samples of the china-ware, which I think were equal to the Asiatic.

  • There was, some years since, a manufactory of Porcelain or China-ware in this town, but it has fallen away and become extinct.

  • Come hither and help me, and demolish these cupboards, and smash these vessels and this China-ware.

British Dictionary definitions for china-ware


  1. articles made of china, esp those made for domestic use
  2. (modifier) made of china
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