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noun, verb (used with object), glaired, glair·ing.
  1. glair.


or glaire

  1. the white of an egg.
  2. a glaze or size made of egg white.
  3. any viscous substance like egg white.
verb (used with object)
  1. to coat with glair.

Origin of glair

1300–50; Middle English glaire < Old French: white of an egg < Vulgar Latin *clāria; compare Latin clārus clear
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Examples from the Web for glaire

Historical Examples

  • You know nothing about the citizen Glaire, except that he is recommended to you by me.

    A Stable for Nightmares

    J. Sheridan Le Fanu

  • Glaire should not be used unless it is quite liquid and clean.

  • The finisher should not glaire in more than he can tool the same day.

  • When the glaire has ceased to be “tacky,” the gold is laid on.

  • For blocking, one coat of glaire will be enough for most leathers.

British Dictionary definitions for glaire


  1. white of egg, esp when used as a size, glaze, or adhesive, usually in bookbinding
  2. any substance resembling this
  1. (tr) to apply glair to (something)
Derived Formsglairy or glaireous, adjectiveglairiness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French glaire, from Vulgar Latin clāria (unattested) clear, from Latin clārus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for glaire



white of an egg, c.1300, from Old French glaire "white of egg, slime, mucus" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *claria (ovi) "white part (of an egg)," from Latin clarus "bright, clear" (see clear (adj.)).

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