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[ih-nam-uh l]
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  1. a glassy substance, usually opaque, applied by fusion to the surface of metal, pottery, etc., as an ornament or for protection.
  2. enamelware.
  3. any of various varnishes, paints, coatings, etc., drying to a hard, glossy finish.
  4. any enamellike surface with a bright luster.
  5. an artistic work executed in enamel.
  6. Dentistry. the hard, glossy, calcareous covering of the crown of a tooth, containing only a slight amount of organic substance.
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verb (used with object), e·nam·eled, e·nam·el·ing or (especially British) e·nam·elled, e·nam·el·ling.
  1. to inlay or overlay with enamel.
  2. to form an enamellike surface upon: to enamel cardboard.
  3. to decorate as with enamel; variegate with colors.
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Origin of enamel

1275–1325; Middle English enamelen < Anglo-French enameler, enamailler, equivalent to en- en-1 + -amaler, derivative of asmal, esmal enamel, Old French esmail (-al taken as the suffix -ail) < Old Low Franconian *smalt- something melted, cognate with German Schmalz fat; akin to smelt1; cf. smalto
Related formse·nam·el·er; especially British, e·nam·el·ler, noune·nam·el·ist; especially British, e·nam·el·list, noune·nam·el·work, nounun·e·nam·eled, adjectiveun·e·nam·elled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for enameled

Historical Examples

  • At last the last plate and enameled cup was washed and dried.

    The Twins of Suffering Creek

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Stationary tubs may be made of wood, of enameled iron, or of slate.

    Rural Hygiene

    Henry N. Ogden

  • The wash-basin in the bath-room is either marble, enameled iron, or porcelain.

    Rural Hygiene

    Henry N. Ogden

  • Matte Enamel, medium weight; Enameled, medium weight; Velvet, medium weight.

  • It was brought to her in an enameled cup from which she was accustomed to drink.

British Dictionary definitions for enameled


  1. a coloured glassy substance, translucent or opaque, fused to the surface of articles made of metal, glass, etc, for ornament or protection
  2. an article or articles ornamented with enamel
  3. an enamel-like paint or varnish
  4. any smooth glossy coating resembling enamel
  5. another word for nail polish
  6. the hard white calcified substance that covers the crown of each tooth
  7. (modifier)
    1. decorated or covered with enamelan enamel ring
    2. made with enamelenamel paste
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verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (tr)
  1. to inlay, coat, or otherwise decorate with enamel
  2. to ornament with glossy variegated colours, as if with enamel
  3. to portray in enamel
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Derived Formsenameller, enamellist, US enameler or enamelist, nounenamelwork, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French esmail, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German smalz lard; see smelt 1
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Word Origin and History for enameled



early 15c., from enamel (v.).

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early 14c., from Anglo-French enamailler (early 14c.), from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + amailler "to enamel," variant of Old French esmailler, from esmal "enamel," from Frankish *smalt, from Proto-Germanic *smaltjan "to smelt" (see smelt (v.)). Related: Enameled; enameling.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

enameled in Medicine


  1. The hard, calcareous substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth.
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enameled in Science


  1. The hard, translucent substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth in mammals. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body, and consists mostly of calcium salts.
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enameled in Culture


The hard, white substance that covers the crown of a tooth.

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