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noun Canadian chiefly Montreal.
  1. ice placed in a drink to cool it.
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Origin of glace

< Canadian French, French: ice; see glacé


  1. frosted or iced, as cake.
  2. candied, as fruits.
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  1. frozen.
  2. finished with a gloss, as kid or silk.
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verb (used with object), gla·céed, gla·cé·ing.
  1. to make glacé.
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Origin of glacé

1840–50; < French, past participle of glacer to freeze, derivative of glace ice < Latin glaciēs
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Related Words for glace

waxy, glistening, shimmering, radiant, dazzling, sparkling, glowing, gleaming, incandescent, polished, luminous, shiny, glorious, splendid, burnished, silky, unsafe, icy, unstable, wet

Examples from the Web for glace

Historical Examples of glace

  • Gloves—White or Pearl, Grey glace, one button, self-stitched.

    The Copeland Method

    Vanness Copeland

  • Page 148: "glace" changed to "glance" (only necessary to glance backward a short way).

    Western Scenes and Reminiscences

    Henry Rowe Schoolcraft

  • When taken from the oven, sprinkle the top of each with moist sugar if desired, or glace by brushing with milk while baking.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg

  • Glace the top with vanilla icing, and sprinkle a band one-half inch wide along the edge with chopped pistache nuts.

  • Same as lemon cake, but fill the cake with orange butter filling, and glace the top with pink icing flavored with orange.

British Dictionary definitions for glace


  1. crystallized or candiedglacé cherries
  2. covered in icing
  3. (of leather, silk, etc) having a glossy finish
  4. mainly US frozen or iced
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verb -cés, -céing or -céed
  1. (tr) to ice or candy (cakes, fruits, etc)
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Word Origin for glacé

C19: from French glacé, literally: iced, from glacer to freeze, from glace ice, from Latin glaciēs
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Word Origin and History for glace


"having a smooth, polished surface," 1847, from French glacé, past participle of glacer "to ice, give a gloss to," from Vulgar Latin *glaciare "to turn or make into ice," from Latin glacies "ice" (see glacial).

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