China is a kind of ceramic or porcelain tableware. If your grandmother asks you to put the china on the table, you'll grab a stack of plates.

You can use the word china, with a lowercase c, to mean dishes or plates in general, although the word usually specifies a fine, high-quality kind of ceramic. A china tea cup is delicate, and has a matching saucer, and your dad's best china might only come out at Thanksgiving. Because this delicate kind of dish was originally imported from China, it was first called Chinaware, later shortened to china.

Definitions of china
  1. noun
    high quality porcelain originally made only in China
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    bone china
    fine porcelain that contains bone ash
    crackle, crackle china, crackleware
    glazed china with a network of fine cracks on the surface
    type of:
    ceramic ware made of a more or less translucent ceramic
  2. noun
    dishware made of high quality porcelain
    synonyms: chinaware
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    willow-pattern, willowware
    chinaware decorated with a blue Chinese design on a white background depicting a willow tree and often a river
    type of:
    crockery, dishware
    tableware (eating and serving dishes) collectively
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