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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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  • At the extremity of the town is a handsome castle, constructed on a height, with glaces as far as the walls.

    Early Travels in Palestine

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British Dictionary definitions for glaces


  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

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 glaces



"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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