stained glass



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.

Nearby words

  1. stagyrite,
  2. stahl,
  3. stahl, georg ernst,
  4. staid,
  5. stain,
  6. stained glass ceiling,
  7. stainer,
  8. staines,
  9. staining,
  10. stainless

Origin of stained glass

First recorded in 1785–95

Related formsstained-glass, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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