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[steyn-lis] /ˈsteɪn lɪs/
having no stain; spotless.
made of stainless steel.
resistant to staining, rusting, the corrosive effect of chemicals, etc.
flatware made of stainless steel.
Origin of stainless
First recorded in 1580-90; stain + -less
Related forms
stainlessly, adverb
stainlessness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for stainless
Contemporary Examples
  • Just as we had the housing bubble, we now seem to be at the apex of the stainless steel bubble.

    Beyond Stainless Megan McArdle October 19, 2012
  • stainless signalled higher BTUs coming out of the burners, bigger ovens, and so forth.

    Beyond Stainless Megan McArdle October 19, 2012
  • This has complicated the quest for a stainless steel replacement; finishes like "oiled bronze" have already come and gone.

    Beyond Stainless Megan McArdle October 19, 2012
  • A year later, casual perusal of HGTV and design catalogues indicates that the rich are indeed moving away from stainless.

    Beyond Stainless Megan McArdle October 19, 2012
  • Are we finally nearing the end of stainless steel's kitchen dominance?

    Beyond Stainless Megan McArdle October 19, 2012
Historical Examples
  • She would have given every hope she had in the world, just then, for Sidney's stainless past.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • So without blood-guiltiness they get their end, yet stainless go to God.

  • And so passed away the soul of a mighty warrior and a stainless priest.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • Chief of warriors art thou, and stainless flower of knighthood!'

    King Arthur's Knights

    Henry Gilbert
  • A man of stainless virtue, or how can he reach the pure ideal?

    Olive Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
British Dictionary definitions for stainless


resistant to discoloration, esp discoloration resulting from corrosion; rust-resistant: stainless steel
having no blemish: a stainless reputation
stainless steel
Derived Forms
stainlessly, adverb
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