polished

[ pol-isht ]
/ ˈpɒl ɪʃt /

adjective

made smooth and glossy: a figurine of polished mahogany.
naturally smooth and glossy: polished pebbles on the beach.
refined, cultured, or elegant: a polished manner.
flawless; skillful; excellent: a polished conversationalist.

Origin of polished

First recorded in 1325–75, polished is from the Middle English word polist. See polish, -ed2

Related forms

un·pol·ished, adjectivewell-pol·ished, adjective

Definition for polished (2 of 2)

Origin of polish

1250–1300; Middle English polishen < Middle French poliss-, long stem of polir < Latin polīre to polish; see -ish2

SYNONYMS FOR polish

8 shine, gleam. Polish, gloss, luster, sheen refer to a smooth, shining, or bright surface from which light is reflected. Polish suggests the smooth, bright reflection often produced by friction: rubbed to a high polish. Gloss suggests a superficial, hard smoothness characteristic of lacquered, varnished, or enameled surfaces: a gloss on oilcloth, on paper. Luster denotes the characteristic quality of the light reflected from the surfaces of certain materials (pearls, silk, wax, freshly cut metals, etc.): a pearly luster. Sheen, sometimes poetical, suggests a glistening brightness such as that reflected from the surface of silk or velvet, or from furniture oiled and hand-polished: a rich velvety sheen.

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British Dictionary definitions for polished (1 of 3)

polished

/ (ˈpɒlɪʃt) /

adjective

accomplisheda polished actor
impeccably or professionally donea polished performance
(of rice) having had the outer husk removed by milling

British Dictionary definitions for polished (2 of 3)

polish

/ (ˈpɒlɪʃ) /

verb

to make or become smooth and shiny by rubbing, esp with wax or an abrasive
(tr) to make perfect or complete
to make or become elegant or refined

noun

Derived Forms

polishable, adjectivepolisher, noun

Word Origin for polish

C13 polis, from Old French polir, from Latin polīre to polish

British Dictionary definitions for polished (3 of 3)

Polish

/ (ˈpəʊlɪʃ) /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of Poland, its people, or their language

noun

the official language of Poland, belonging to the West Slavonic branch of the Indo-European family
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Idioms and Phrases with polished

polish


In addition to the idioms beginning with polish

  • polish off
  • polish the apple

also see:

  • spit and polish
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