[ eg-shel ]

  1. the shell of a bird's egg, consisting of keratin fibers and calcite crystals.

  2. a pale yellowish-white color.

  1. rather bulky paper having a slightly rough finish.

  1. like an eggshell, as in thinness and delicacy; very brittle; fragile.

  2. being pale yellowish-white in color.

  1. having little or no gloss: eggshell white paint.

Origin of eggshell

First recorded in 1250–1300, eggshell is from the Middle English word ayschelle.See egg1, shell

Words Nearby eggshell Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use eggshell in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for eggshell


/ (ˈɛɡˌʃɛl) /

  1. the hard porous protective outer layer of a bird's egg, consisting of calcite and protein

  2. a yellowish-white colour

  1. a type of paper with a slightly rough finish

  2. (modifier) (of paint) having a very slight sheen: an eggshell finish

  3. walk on eggshells to be very cautious or diplomatic for fear of upsetting someone

  1. of a yellowish-white colour: eggshell paint

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