a furniture finish, consisting of shellac dissolved in spirits.
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Origin of French polish
First recorded in 1810–20
Words nearby French polish
Definition for French polish (2 of 2)
[ french-pol-ish ]
/ ˈfrɛntʃˈpɒl ɪʃ /
verb (used with object)
to finish or treat (a piece of furniture) with French polish.
Origin of French-polish
First recorded in 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for French polish (1 of 2)
a varnish for wood consisting of shellac dissolved in alcohol
the gloss finish produced by repeated applications of this polish
British Dictionary definitions for French polish (2 of 2)
to treat with French polish or give a French polish (to)
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