gloss

1
[ glos, glaws ]
/ glɒs, glɔs /

noun

a superficial luster or shine; glaze: the gloss of satin.
a false or deceptively good appearance.
Also glosser. a cosmetic that adds sheen or luster, especially one for the lips.

verb (used with object)

to put a gloss upon.
to give a false or deceptively good appearance to: to gloss over flaws in the woodwork.

Origin of gloss

1
1530–40; probably akin to Dutch gloos glowing, Middle High German glosen to glow, shine, Swedish dialect glysa to shine

SYNONYMS FOR gloss

1 See polish.
2 front, pretense.

Related forms

gloss·less, adjective

Definition for gloss (2 of 4)

gloss

2
[ glos, glaws ]
/ glɒs, glɔs /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make glosses.

Origin of gloss

2
1250–1300; (noun) Middle English glose (< Old French glose) < Medieval Latin glōsa, glōza < Greek glôssa word requiring explanation, literally, language, tongue; (v.) Middle English glosen < Medieval Latin glōssāre, derivative of glōsa; cf. gloze, reflecting the Old French pronunciation of verb

Related forms

gloss·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for gloss (3 of 4)

glosso-


a combining form meaning “tongue, word, speech,” used in the formation of compound words: glossology.
Also glotto-; especially before a vowel, gloss-.

Origin of glosso-

< Greek (Ionic), combining form of glôssa

Definition for gloss (4 of 4)

gloss.


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British Dictionary definitions for gloss (1 of 4)

gloss

1
/ (ɡlɒs) /

noun

  1. lustre or sheen, as of a smooth surface
  2. (as modifier)gloss paint
a superficially attractive appearance
a cosmetic preparation applied to the skin to give it a faint sheenlip gloss

verb

to give a gloss to or obtain a gloss
See also gloss over

Derived Forms

glosser, nounglossless, adjective

Word Origin for gloss

C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic glossi flame, Middle High German glosen to glow

British Dictionary definitions for gloss (2 of 4)

gloss

2
/ (ɡlɒs) /

noun

a short or expanded explanation or interpretation of a word, expression, or foreign phrase in the margin or text of a manuscript, etc
an intentionally misleading explanation or interpretation
short for glossary

verb (tr)

to add glosses to

Derived Forms

glosser, nounglossingly, adverb

Word Origin for gloss

C16: from Latin glōssa unusual word requiring explanatory note, from Ionic Greek

British Dictionary definitions for gloss (3 of 4)

gloss.


abbreviation for

glossary

British Dictionary definitions for gloss (4 of 4)

glosso-

before a vowel gloss-


combining form

indicating a tongue or languageglossolaryngeal

Word Origin for glosso-

from Greek glossa tongue
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Medicine definitions for gloss

glosso-


pref.

Tongue:glossospasm.
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