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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.
[Mandarin, Míng, from mīng, bright, from Middle Chinese miajŋ.]
(Historical Terms) the imperial dynasty of China from 1368 to 1644
(Ceramics) of or relating to Chinese porcelain produced during the Ming dynasty, characterized by the use of brilliant colours and a fine-quality body
1. a dynasty in China, 1368–1644, marked by the restoration of traditional institutions and the development of the arts, esp. porcelain, textiles, and painting.adj.
2. of or pertaining to the Ming dynasty or to the art forms developed during this period.
adj → Ming-; Ming Dynasty → Ming-Dynastie f; Ming vase → Mingvase f