Meaning of PORCELAIN in English

Pronunciation: ' po ̇ r-s( ə -)l ə n

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle French porcelaine cowrie shell, porcelain, from Italian porcellana, from porcello vulva, literally, little pig, from Latin porcellus, diminutive of porcus pig, vulva; from the shape of the shell ― more at FARROW

Date: circa 1530

1 : a hard, fine-grained, sonorous, nonporous, and usually translucent and white ceramic ware that consists essentially of kaolin, quartz, and a feldspathic rock and is fired at a high temperature ― called also hard-paste porcelain true porcelain


– por · ce · lain · like \ - ˌ l ī k \ adjective

– por · ce · la · ne · ous or por · cel · la · ne · ous \ ˌ po ̇ r-s ə - ' l ā -n ē - ə s \ adjective

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.