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noun

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.

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Origin of stained glass

First recorded in 1785–95
stained-glass, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stained glass

stained glass

noun

  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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