- a type of Chinese porcelain characterized either by a design on a background of yellow (famille jaune) or black (famille noire) or by a design in which the predominant colour is pink (famille rose) or green (famille verte)
C19: literally: family
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Examples from the Web for famille
We have noted the green family, "famille verte," of Kang-he.
In the last reign we considered, but only shortly, this "famille rose."
This glaze could be fairly described as late "famille verte."
To invent some combination by which the famille Roque should take itself off.Lady Barbarina
Mackenzie, though the paternity of his famille déplorable of novels was no secret, preserved a strict nominal incognito.The English Novel