stained glass

  1. glass that has been colored, enameled, painted, or stained, especially by having pigments baked onto its surface or by having various metallic oxides fused into it, as used in church windows, decorative lampshades, etc.

Origin of stained glass

First recorded in 1785–95
Related formsstained-glass, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for stained glass

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Historical Examples of stained glass

  • Could it be that they were about to repair the stained-glass panes?

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Give me a round of top-side and leave me out of the stained-glass window!

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton

  • The eyebrows of the stained-glass man twitched; he twisted his moustache.

    The Island Pharisees

    John Galsworthy

  • His eyes sought the stained-glass window he had put in to the memory of his wife.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • Since then a large number of stained-glass windows have been introduced.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys

    Dugald Butler and Herbert Story

British Dictionary definitions for stained glass

stained glass

    1. glass that has been coloured in any of various ways, as by fusing with a film of metallic oxide or burning pigment into the surface, used esp for church windows
    2. (as modifier)a stained-glass window
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