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[ming] /mɪŋ/
noun, Wade-Giles, Pinyin.
a dynasty in China, 1368–1644, marked by the restoration of traditional institutions and the development of the arts, especially in porcelain, textiles, and painting.
of or relating to the Ming dynasty or to the art objects and forms developed during this period.
noting the fine porcelains produced in the Ming dynasty, especially those produced by the imperial factory before 1620, noted for their brilliant, fine colors, chiefly underglaze or enamel on glaze, on a body of high quality. Unabridged
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  • Mr. Ming does not like interferences with his personal habits: he has some belief in the political value of individual liberty.

    Meccania Owen Gregory
  • Any fool can smash a Ming pot, but no man living to-day can make one.

  • Killed himself when the Ming dynasty was irretrievably lost.

    Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh Augustus F. Lindley
  • The Ming dynasty came into power on the wings of national feeling.

    Chinese Painters Raphael Petrucci
  • There are many examples of fine pottery—stone ware—dating from the Ming period which are unmistakable.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
British Dictionary definitions for Ming


the imperial dynasty of China from 1368 to 1644
of or relating to Chinese porcelain produced during the Ming dynasty, characterized by the use of brilliant colours and a fine-quality body
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Word Origin and History for Ming

1670s, dynasty which ruled China from 1368-1644, from Chinese, literally "bright, clear." In reference to the porcelain of the Ming period, attested from 1892.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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