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

  • A city of east-central Germany on the Elbe River northwest of Dresden. Its porcelain industry dates to the early 18th century. Population: 28,100.
  • n. A delicate porcelain ware originally made in Meissen, Germany.

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  • proper n. a city in Saxony, Germany


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  • To this proposal John XII consented, and, shortly before the execution of the plan in 968, it was decided at the Synod of Ravenna (967) to create three other sees — namely Meissen, Mersburg, and Zeitz — as suffragans of Magdeburg.

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  • It was a little Meissen elephant for his kitchen table, "so I can have breakfast with somebody."

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  • On the altar of St. Benedict the Saint is depicted dying, to his left and right statues of his disciples Saints Placidus and Maurus, and to the far left and right St. Benno of Meissen and St. Martin of Tours.

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  • The Abbey was founded in 1268 by Henry the Illustrious, Margrave of Meissen and Lusatia (Neuzelle is situated in Lower Lusatia) for the benefit of the soul of his deceased wife Agnes.

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  • In a brief remission from his disease, he produced the slender, jewel-like "Utz," a novella about a collector of Meissen porcelain in Prague.

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  • This season, Ms. Katrantzou built on that idea with designs inspired by Fabergé eggs and Meissen porcelain, moving deeper into the realm of decorative arts.

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  • AFP/Getty Images Ms. Katrantzou's structural, lampshade-like designs were inspired by Fabergé eggs and Meissen porcelain, moving deeper into the realm of decorative arts.

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  • Designs—like the venerable "flow-blue" patterns—painted and later transfer-printed on Meissen and English porcelain and pottery often represented European fantasies of Asian life, mingling Chinese, East Indian and Middle Eastern motifs.

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  • For instance, delicate "hard paste" porcelain was developed at Saxony's Meissen factories to beat the Chinese porcelain makers at their own game.

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  • The difference was that English glassmakers were competing with East India Company imports, while on the Continent, glassmakers had more immediate competition: Since 1710, two chemists had been making clay-based porcelains in Meissen, Germany.

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