[sat-soo-muh, sat-suh-muh Japanese sah-tsoo-mah]


a former province on S Kyushu, in SW Japan: famous for its porcelain ware.
(lowercase) a kind of mandarin orange.

Satsuma ware

or sat·su·ma


a Japanese pottery from Kyushu, first produced in the early 17th century and after 1800 having a crackle glaze and overglaze polychrome enameling and gilding.

Origin of Satsuma ware

1870–75; named after Satsuma, Japan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for satsuma

Historical Examples of satsuma

  • Much of the later pottery from Kyoto was made in imitation of Satsuma.

  • Here, too, Satsuma ware has in recent years been largely imitated.

  • In the older pieces the style of decoration is entirely different from the Satsuma.

    The Ceramic Art

    Jennie J. Young

  • All the other daimis were tired of the arrogant conduct of Satsuma.

    A Diplomat in Japan

    Ernest Mason Satow

  • They were arrested and banished to Devils Island on the shore of Satsuma.

British Dictionary definitions for satsuma



a small citrus tree, Citrus nobilis var. unshiu, cultivated, esp in Japan, for its edible fruit
the fruit of this tree, which has a loose rind and easily separable segments

Word Origin for satsuma

C19: originally from the province of Satsuma, Japan



a former province of SW Japan, on S Kyushu: famous for its porcelain

Satsuma ware


simple pottery made in Satsuma, Japan, from the late 16th century
ornamental glazed porcelain ware made in Satsuma, Japan, from the late 18th century
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