Celestial Empire


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Celestial Empire

An old name for China or the Chinese Empire.

Celestial Empire

n
(Historical Terms) an archaic or literary name for the Chinese Empire

Celes′tial Em′pire


n.
the Chinese Empire.
[1815–25]
References in classic literature ?
Vast forests of palms, arecs, bamboo, teakwood, of the gigantic mimosa, and tree-like ferns covered the foreground, while behind, the graceful outlines of the mountains were traced against the sky; and along the coasts swarmed by thousands the precious swallows whose nests furnish a luxurious dish to the tables of the Celestial Empire.
If your trade is with the Celestial Empire, then some small counting house on the coast, in some Salem harbor, will be fixture enough.
However, by far the most spectacular and ironical case is provided by the Celestial Empire, ruled from 1644 till its collapse less than 90 years ago by a Manchu (and also Manchu-speaking dynasty).