varnish

[ vahr-nish ]
/ ˈvɑr nɪʃ /
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noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. varletry,
  2. varley loop,
  3. varmint,
  4. varmus,
  5. varna,
  6. varnish tree,
  7. varnishing day,
  8. varoom,
  9. varro,
  10. varro, marcus terentius

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

SYNONYMS FOR varnish
Related formsvar·nish·er, nounvar·nish·y, adjectivere·var·nish, verb (used with object)well-var·nished, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for varnished

varnish

/ (ˈvɑːnɪʃ) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Formsvarnisher, 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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Word Origin and History for varnished
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