[ glair ]
/ glɛər /

noun, verb (used with object), glaired, glair·ing.

Definition for glaire (2 of 2)


or glaire

[ glair ]
/ glɛər /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for glaire


/ (ɡlɛə) /


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 Forms

glairy 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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