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.

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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.

OTHER WORDS FROM gloss

gloss·less, adjective

Definition for glossing (2 of 2)

gloss2
[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM gloss

gloss·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for glossing (1 of 2)

gloss1
/ (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 of gloss

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 glossing (2 of 2)

gloss2
/ (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 of gloss

glosser, nounglossingly, adverb

Word Origin for gloss

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