verb (used with object)
Origin of burnish
Examples from the Web for burnished
As a kid, you'd admired pictures of knights in burnished suits of armor.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We can never know how much of this was innate in him, or how much of was shaped and burnished in a dark, solitary cell.Full Text of President Obama's Eulogy for Nelson Mandela|The Daily Beast|December 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There was a once-grand dining room with mirrored walls and burnished chandeliers.Welcome to Woolwich, Where English Terrorists Say Sorry While They Murder|Peter Pomerantsev|May 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But if Reagan burnished the anti-intellectual brand, Bush has now wrecked it.
A few specimens of burnished pottery were found in the caves.Archology and the Bible|George A. Barton
The sun had now risen, his bright rays glancing across the placid water, which shone like a sheet of burnished gold.The Settlers|William H. G. Kingston
His saddle was of burnished gold, his bridle 20 of shining gold chains.Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year|E.C. Hartwell
She did not encourage Joan to preserve a burnished mind, but she took to astrology like a duck to water.The Romance of His Life|Mary Cholmondeley
And yet this burnished vessel never professed sinless perfection.The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church|G. H. Gerberding
British Dictionary definitions for burnished
Word Origin for burnish
Word Origin and History for burnished
early 14c., from Old French burniss- present participle stem of burnir, metathesis of brunir "to shine, gleam, sparkle" (trans.), "to polish, make sparkle, make bright, shine," from brun "brown; polished," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German brun, Old Norse brunn "bright, polished; brown;" see brown (adj.)). The connection to "brown" might be explained if the original objects in mind were wooden ones. Related: Burnished; burnishing.