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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 enamelled

Historical Examples

  • Yet, gazing into the bright, enamelled eyes of Dr. Semple, I knew it was true.

    The Floating Island of Madness

    Jason Kirby

  • It is bound in gold and enamelled, said to be the workmanship of George Heriot.

  • She was not my nurse; she was the enamelled blonde receptionist.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • A slender gold chain, broken, dangled from its enamelled bow.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • Morley turned over the enamelled cross and examined it carefully.

British Dictionary definitions for enamelled


  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 enamelled



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

enamelled in Medicine


  1. The hard, calcareous substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth.
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enamelled 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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enamelled in Culture


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

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