1. any of several Chinese porcelains having a translucent, pale green glaze.
  2. any porcelain imitating these.
  3. a pale gray-green.


  1. having the color celadon.


  1. a type of porcelain having a greyish-green glaze: mainly Chinese
  2. a pale greyish-green colour, sometimes somewhat yellow

“pale grayish-green,” 1768, from French Céladon, name of a character in the romance of “l’Astrée” by Honoré d’Urfé (1610); an insipidly sentimental lover who wore bright green clothes, he is named in turn after Greek Keladon, a character in Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” whose name is said to mean “sounding with din or clamor.” The mineral celadonite (1868) is so called for its color.

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