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Definition of the noun china

What does china mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

  • china: chinas
  • China: -

  1. high quality porcelain originally made only in China
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: porcelain = ceramic ware made of a more or less translucent ceramic
    • more specific terms:
  2. dishware made of high quality porcelain
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of china: chinaware
    • more generic words: crockery / dishware = tableware (eating and serving dishes) collectively
    • more specific words: willow-pattern / willowware = chinaware decorated with a blue Chinese design on a white background depicting a willow tree and often a river

Alternative definition of the noun china


  1. [uncountable] The root of a climbing plant, Smilax china L., once believed to have important medicinal properties.
  2. [uncountable] Ceramic or porcelain
  3. [uncountable] Tableware made from china.
  4. [countable, music] A cymbal, flattened at the perimeter, about 16 to 20 inches (40 to 50 centimetres) across, that is ridden or crashed to produce a distinctive "trashy" sound.
  5. [CRS, countable] Mate (i.e., friend).


China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state located in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of over 1.35 billion. The PRC is a single-party state governed by the Communist Party, with its seat of government in the capital city of Beijing. It exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities, and two mostly self-governing special administrative regions. The PRC also claims the territories governed by the Republic of China, a separate political entity commonly known as Taiwan today, as a part of its territory, which includes the island of Taiwan as Taiwan Province, Kinmen and Matsu as a part of Fujian Province and islands the ROC controls in the South China Sea as a part of Hainan Province, a claim which is controversial due to the complex political status of Taiwan.

Phrases with China

Phrases starting with the word China:

  1. China Cap
  2. china clay
  3. China Fish
  4. china jute
  5. china pink
  6. China Root
  7. china rose
  8. china tree
  9. china aster
  10. china grass
  11. china stone
  12. China White
  13. China-Shrub
  14. china closet
  15. China Marker
  16. China Violet

Phrases ending with the word China:

  1. red china
  2. bone china
  3. Limon-China
  4. cochin china

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for China

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Google previewThirty Years of China-U.S. Relations (2010)

Analytical Approaches and Contemporary Issues by Sujian Guo, Baogang Guo

For Ross, the United States is a major maritime power, while China is a major continental power. Because China and the United States have interests in different strategic domains, the two great powers will manage to eschew conflict in East ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Consumption and Waste (2012)

The Social Science of Garbage by Carl A. Zimring, William L. Rathje, Consulting Editor

Consumption China is a leading consumer and producer in a wide range of industries and services. It is also the world's...

China is the world's leading producer of pigs, chickens, and eggs; and it also has sizable herds of sheep and cattle.

Google previewAnnual Report on the Development of the Indian Ocean Region (2015) (2015)

21st Century Maritime Silk Road by Rong Wang, Cuiping Zhu

China will not continue to take advantage of its cheap labor but will upgrade technology and OFDI.28 China is the biggest...

Google previewDivided Dynamism (2014)

The Diplomacy of Separated Nations: Germany, Korea, China by John J. Metzler

For example, in the 1954 Constitution Article 1 states, “The People's Republic of China is a people's democratic state led by the...

Google previewConservation Tourism (2010)

by Ralf Buckley

China is a rapidly changing country, socially and politically as well as economically (Grumbine, 2007).

China is a very large and populous country, with a very powerful and fast‐growing economy, and in recent years it has become one of the world's...

Google previewChallenges and Policy Programmes of China's New Leadership (2007)

by Joseph Y. S. CHENG

China is an old civilisation, and the PRC is only a relatively new state.

Google previewRed Capitalism (2012)

The Fragile Financial Foundation of China's Extraordinary Rise by Carl Walter, Fraser Howie

CHINA IS A FAMILY BUSINESS What is remarkable about the financial reforms is that they were comprehensive, transformational, and pursued consistently. Failure to follow through may have been inevitable, however, given the fragmented ...

Google previewGlobal Security (2008)

Japan and Korea; Tenth Report of Session 2007-08; Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence by Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Foreign Affairs Committee

China is a signatory to the UN refugee convention and its 1967 protocol, which requires it to look into the refugee status of each of those escapees, instead of which it treats them all as a group, as illegal immigrants or economic migrants.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Taiwan (Republic of China) (2014)

by John F. Copper

off the east coast of southern China. It is the largest piece of territory under the jurisdiction of the “ nation” ...

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Quotes about China

I was fourteen when Kissinger made his secret trip to China, and then there was subsequently Nixon's trip to China, and I was very much seized with an interest in China. (John Pomfret)
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Scrabble value of C3H4I1N1A1

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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