sheen

[ sheen ]
/ ʃin /

noun

luster; brightness; radiance.
gleaming attire.

adjective

verb (used without object)

Scot. and North England. to shine.

Nearby words

  1. sheehan's syndrome,
  2. sheela-na-gig,
  3. sheelah,
  4. sheeler,
  5. sheeler, charles,
  6. sheen, fulton john,
  7. sheena,
  8. sheene,
  9. sheeney,
  10. sheenly

Origin of sheen

before 900; (adj.) Middle English sheene beautiful, bright, shining, Old English scēne; cognate with German schön; (v.) Middle English s(c)henen, derivative of the adj.; (noun) derivative of the adj.

Related formssheen·ful, adjectivesheen·less, adjectivesheen·ly, adverb

Sheen

[ sheen ]
/ ʃin /

noun

Fulton (John),1895–1979, U.S. Roman Catholic clergyman, writer, and teacher.
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British Dictionary definitions for sheen

sheen

/ (ʃiːn) /

noun

a gleaming or glistening brightness; lustre
poetic splendid clothing

adjective

rare shining and beautiful; radiant
Derived Formssheeny, adjective

Word Origin for sheen

Old English sciene; related to Old Norse skjōni white horse, Gothic skauns beautiful, Old High German scōni bright

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Word Origin and History for sheen

sheen

n.

"shining, brightness," 1602 (first attested in "Hamlet" iii.2), noun use of adjective sheene "beautiful, bright," from Old English scene, sciene "beautiful; bright, brilliant," from Proto-Germanic *skauniz "conspicuous" (cf. Old Frisian skene, Middle Dutch scone, Dutch schoon, Old High German skoni, German schön "fair, beautiful;" Gothic skaunja "beautiful"), from PIE root *skeue- "to pay attention, perceive" (see caveat). Meaning "film of oil on water" is from 1970.

As an adjective now only in poetic or archaic use, but in Middle English used after a woman's name, or as a noun, "fair one, beautiful woman."

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