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[pol-isht] /ˈpɒl ɪʃt/
made smooth and glossy:
a figurine of polished mahogany.
naturally smooth and glossy:
polished pebbles on the beach.
refined, cultured, or elegant:
a polished manner.
flawless; skillful; excellent:
a polished conversationalist.
Origin of polished
First recorded in 1325-75, polished is from the Middle English word polist. See polish, -ed2
Related forms
unpolished, adjective
well-polished, adjective Unabridged
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  • They also took down from the well-polished car the countless ransoms of Hector's head.

  • We may illustrate this by the image of a well-polished mirror.

  • Theophilus was extremely neat in his dress, and from the cravat to the well-polished boot, his costume was perfect.

  • The parlour was cool and airy, with well-polished floor-boards, but no carpet.

    Upsidonia Archibald Marshall
  • Everything in them was as well-kept and as well-polished as good servants, thoroughly drilled, could make it.

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
  • Fancy a picture in which the shadows were as black as well-polished boots!

  • Standing on the hearth-rug he pointed his toe as he spoke, looking at the well-polished shoe that shod it.

    Dodo's Daughter E. F. Benson
  • Freddy started a little, and looked meditatively at the tips of his well-polished boots.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • She bent down close to where she felt it, but she could see nothing—nothing but the well-polished boards of the floor.

    Scottish Ghost Stories Elliott O'Donnell
British Dictionary definitions for well-polished


accomplished: a polished actor
impeccably or professionally done: a polished performance
(of rice) having had the outer husk removed by milling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for well-polished



late 14c., "made smooth;" early 15c., "elegant;" past participle adjective from polish (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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