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

  • A Chinese dynasty (1368-1644) noted for its flourishing foreign trade, achievements in scholarship, and development of the arts, especially in porcelain, textiles, and painting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A former dynasty in China, reigning from the end of the Yuan to the beginning of the Qing
  • proper n. A former empire in China, occupying the eastern half of modern China, as well as parts of Russia and northern Vietnam
  • proper n. The era of Chinese history during which the dynasty reigned
  • proper n. The pottery of the era, famed for its high quality
  • proper n. A surname.
  • proper n. A male or female given name

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mix; mingle.
  • To trouble; disturb.
  • To mix; mingle.
  • To speak of; mention; tell; relate.
  • To speak; tell; talk; discourse.
  • n. Mixture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the imperial dynasty of China from 1368 to 1644


Chinese (Mandarin) Míng.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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