French polish


noun

a furniture finish, consisting of shellac dissolved in spirits.

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Origin of French polish

First recorded in 1810–20

Definition for French polish (2 of 2)

French-polish
[ 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)

French polish

noun

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)

French-polish

verb

to treat with French polish or give a French polish (to)
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