from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A pale to very pale green.
  • noun A type of pottery having a pale green glaze, originally produced in China.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A pale and rather grayish green color occurring especially in porcelain and enameled earthenware.
  • Having the color celadon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A pale sea-green color; also, porcelain or fine pottery of this tint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A pale green colour or tinted with gray.
  • noun A pale green Chinese glaze.
  • noun A ceramic ware with a pale green glaze.
  • adjective Of a pale green colour tinted with gray.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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.]

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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".


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  • It was done in soft, warm colors: salmon and beige and a pale green she called celadon.

    Willow V.C. Andrews 2002

  • It was done in soft, warm colors: salmon and beige and a pale green she called celadon.

    Willow V.C. Andrews 2002

  • It was done in soft, warm colors: salmon and beige and a pale green she called celadon.

    Willow V.C. Andrews 2002

  • These cups were of that sea-green tint called celadon, with a very wonderful glow and radiance.

    The Line of Love Dizain des Mariages James Branch Cabell 1918

  • 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.

    Digging Up China's Best Exhibitions 2009

  • 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

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe 2006

  • 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.

    The Many Paths Toward an Islamic Aesthetic Lee Lawrence 2011

  • 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.

    Oscar Greenroom: Aqua, Pecan, Lemons 2011

  • 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.

    Mug Pfaltzgraff | SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles 2009

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-07-01 2009


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  • I know what this word actually means, but whenever I hear it, I always picture a celery-colored dinosaur.

    October 15, 2007

  • Made out of celadon?? Me too! ;-)

    October 15, 2007

  • No, it's shaped kind of like, I don't know... either a diplodocus or a smaller version of a triceratops. Only it's celery- (greenish-yellow) colored.

    And it isn't actually, you know, glazed. Cuz then it couldn't move and make that "AAAAAAHRT!" noise that it makes.

    October 15, 2007

  • Oh. So a real diplodocus or small triceratops. That changes everything.

    October 15, 2007

  • This word is derived from the name of the hero Céladon, in d'Urfé's 17th-century romance L'Astrée, whose name was itself borrowed from a figure in Ovid's Metamorphoses. I don't know how it became associated with grayish green, though Webster's 3rd College tells me that, because of the d'Urfé character, it first (in French) meant "a tender lover."

    December 4, 2007

  • November 11, 2009

  • This word was chosen as Wordnik word of the day.

    November 11, 2009

  • The charm of celadon from National Palace Museum in Taipei ("The color of celadon results from natural iron oxide in the glaze, which produces the green hue when fired in a reducing atmosphere kiln."

    November 11, 2009

  • There is in this valley's mellow dawn

    A soul-soothing hue to dwell upon.

    The color you'll find

    That's balm for the mind

    Is mist-mingled green of celadon.

    May 31, 2014