American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pale to very pale green.
- n. A type of pottery having a pale green glaze, originally produced in China.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pale and rather grayish green color occurring especially in porcelain and enameled earthenware. The shades are numerous. In Oriental wares the celadon glaze is often crackled; and the Japanese and Chinese porcelain decorated in this way, without other ornamentation, is particularly esteemed. It is also one of the favorite colors of the porcelain of Sèvres. Compare
- Having the color celadon.
- n. A pale green colour or tinted with gray.
- n. A pale green Chinese glaze.
- n. A ceramic ware with a pale green glaze.
- adj. Of a pale green colour tinted with gray.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A pale sea-green color; also, porcelain or fine pottery of this tint.
- Borrowed from the French céladon from the character named Céladon in the novel "Astree" by Honore d'Urfe who wore pale green ribbons, from Latin Celadon, a warrior's name in Ovid's "Metamorphoses". (Wiktionary)
- French, after Céladon, a character in L'Astrée, a romance by Honoré d'Urfé (1568-1625), French writer, after Celadōn, a character in Ovid's Metamorphoses. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It was done in soft, warm colors: salmon and beige and a pale green she called celadon.”
“These cups were of that sea-green tint called celadon, with a very wonderful glow and radiance.”
“There was what we call "celadon" [green-glazed] porcelain — little bowls and cups, and pots with spouts in the shape of chickens 'heads, a typical Six Dynasties object — some mirrors, and some stone slabs.”
“Still, terms such as celadon, souci, or goose shit green, like aurore and scarlet, represent a precise definition at the moment of its use, even if that definition is imprecise over time. 8 Web Link”
“These nevertheless embellished only certain of the mends — for example a missing or shattered portion of the foot or rim — and stand in shimmering contrast with the unctuous celadon or other luminous or earthy glazes with which the vessel was originally fired.”
“Later, imported porcelains caught the eye of 13th- through 17th-century potters who not only imitated the colors—blue and white, celadon and white—but riffed on such motifs as rising phoenixes, swimming fish and writhing dragons.”
“Mr. Smith said interviews will also happen in the area, which features banquettes in bronze, aqua, celadon, pecan and sandalwood hues; paintings by Thomas Hart Benton and Rockwell Kent; Mr. Smith's own art books; energy-efficient TVs; bottles of water; a hibiscus bamboo floor lamp; a sound-absorbing cork floor; battery-operated votives no lit candles allowed! and, just to make even Nicole Kidman feel at home, a calming bowl of lemons.”
“It includes four black 13-inch freeform platters, four celadon 10-inch wave plates, four cantaloupe 7-inch triangles and four 7-inch copper bowl.”
“The Dokhan features Paris' first champagne bar in a room featuring walls imported from Italy, of celadon, wood panels with gilt trim enhanced by soft, low light from tapers on wall sconces and chandeliers.”
“The temple of tresses held its grand opening bash at Ricochet in Miami's microcosm of Midtown, home to such urban creature comforts as Target, West Elm, The Dog Bar, Gigi café and PetSmart, where -- good to know -- they sell fresh organic wheatgrass for cats and little Martha Stewart pet poopy bags in a lovely celadon green.”
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