gloss

1
[glos, glaws]

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.

Nearby words

  1. glory hole,
  2. glory-of-the-snow,
  3. glory-of-the-sun,
  4. glory-pea,
  5. glos,
  6. gloss over,
  7. gloss paint,
  8. gloss.,
  9. glossa,
  10. glossae

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 formsgloss·less, adjective

gloss

2
[glos, glaws]

noun

an explanation or translation, by means of a marginal or interlinear note, of a technical or unusual expression in a manuscript text.
a series of verbal interpretations of a text.
a glossary.
an artfully misleading interpretation.

verb (used with object)

to insert glosses on; annotate.
to place (a word) in a gloss.
to give a specious interpretation of; explain away (often followed by over or away): to gloss over a serious problem with a pat solution.

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 formsgloss·ing·ly, adverb

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

gloss.

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British Dictionary definitions for gloss

gloss

1

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 Formsglosser, nounglossless, adjective

Word Origin for gloss

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

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 Formsglosser, nounglossingly, adverb

Word Origin for gloss

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

gloss.

abbreviation for

glossary

glosso-

before a vowel gloss-

combining form

indicating a tongue or languageglossolaryngeal

Word Origin for glosso-

from Greek glossa tongue

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Word Origin and History for gloss
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Medicine definitions for gloss

glosso-

pref.

Tongue:glossospasm.

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