Pronunciation: (ming), [key]
—n. Wade-Giles, Pinyin.
a dynasty in China, 1368–1644, marked by the restoration of traditional institutions and the development of the arts, esp. in porcelain, textiles, and painting.
1. of or pertaining to the Ming dynasty or to the art objects and forms developed during this period.
2. noting the fine porcelains produced in the Ming dynasty, esp. 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.
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