- luster; brightness; radiance.
- gleaming attire.
- Scot. and North England. to shine.
Origin of sheen
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- Fulton (John),1895–1979, U.S. Roman Catholic clergyman, writer, and teacher.
Examples from the Web for sheen
Sheen plays Bill Masters as a doctor with a God complex, if God had been a sex researcher masking tons of insecurities.
Sheen saw this coming because he has always taken the long view of his character.
As wily as his character when asked about it, Sheen proved himself to be a master of the media, feinting with a good sound bite.
Instead of ice water, Sheen pours a bucket full of cash on himself, all of which he plans to donate to the ALS Association.Viral Video of the Day: Charlie Sheen Does the Ice Bucket Challenge
August 19, 2014
Sheen has implored President Obama to launch a full scale congressional investigation into the 9/11 attacks.Celebrity Conspiracy Theorists: Courtney Love Finds Malaysian Flight 370
March 20, 2014
Over the River rests the sheen of light; over the hills rests the sheen of romance.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Through the sheen a softened outline of the town wavered fantastically.Southern Lights and Shadows
My sheen's twice the weicht o' yours, and they dinna fit me!'
Straucht up hill throuw the heather, and I'll put my sheen on!'
The foliage is beautiful, showing a sheen like changeable silk.The Mayflower, January, 1905
- a gleaming or glistening brightness; lustre
- poetic splendid clothing
- rare shining and beautiful; radiant
Word Origin and History for sheen
"shining, brightness," 1602 (first attested in "Hamlet" iii.2), noun use of adjective sheene "beautiful, bright," from Old English scene, sciene "beautiful; bright, brilliant," from Proto-Germanic *skauniz "conspicuous" (cf. Old Frisian skene, Middle Dutch scone, Dutch schoon, Old High German skoni, German schön "fair, beautiful;" Gothic skaunja "beautiful"), from PIE root *skeue- "to pay attention, perceive" (see caveat). Meaning "film of oil on water" is from 1970.
As an adjective now only in poetic or archaic use, but in Middle English used after a woman's name, or as a noun, "fair one, beautiful woman."