or glaire



the white of an egg.
a glaze or size made of egg white.
any viscous substance like egg white.

verb (used with object)

to coat with glair.

Origin of glair

1300–50; Middle English glaire < Old French: white of an egg < Vulgar Latin *clāria; compare Latin clārus clear Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for glair

Historical Examples of glair

  • Take care that no glair runs on to the fore-edge when applying it or when draining it off.

  • Then plenty of glair is applied and the gold quickly and truly laid on.

  • To make the gold stick to the surface, glair or white of egg is used in all cases.

  • Leather bindings that have been coated with glair or varnish seem to keep better than those without.

  • It begins with zero in the glair of a cell and ascends until we come to the mighty brain of a Newton.

    The Mason-bees

    J. Henri Fabre

British Dictionary definitions for glair



white of egg, esp when used as a size, glaze, or adhesive, usually in bookbinding
any substance resembling this


(tr) to apply glair to (something)
Derived Formsglairy or glaireous, adjectiveglairiness, noun

Word Origin for glair

C14: from Old French glaire, from Vulgar Latin clāria (unattested) clear, from Latin clārus
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Word Origin and History for glair

white of an egg, c.1300, from Old French glaire "white of egg, slime, mucus" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *claria (ovi) "white part (of an egg)," from Latin clarus "bright, clear" (see clear (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper