varnish

[ vahr-nish ]
/ ˈvɑr nɪʃ /

noun

verb (used with object)

Origin of varnish

1300–50; Middle English varnisch < Middle French vernis, verniz < Medieval Latin vernicium sandarac < Medieval Greek bernī́kē, syncopated variant of Greek Berenī́kē, city in Cyrenaica

Related forms

var·nish·er, nounvar·nish·y, adjectivere·var·nish, verb (used with object)well-var·nished, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for varnish

varnish

/ (ˈvɑːnɪʃ) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Forms

varnisher, noun

Word Origin for varnish

C14: from Old French vernis, from Medieval Latin veronix sandarac, resin, from Medieval Greek berenikē, perhaps from Greek Berenikē, city in Cyrenaica, Libya where varnishes were used
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