verb bur·nish \ˈbər-nish\

: to make (something, such as metal or leather) smooth and shiny by rubbing it

Full Definition of BURNISH

transitive verb
a :  to make shiny or lustrous especially by rubbing
b :  polish 3
:  to rub (a material) with a tool for compacting or smoothing or for turning an edge
bur·nish·er noun
bur·nish·ing adjective or noun

Examples of BURNISH

  1. <burnished the floor of the ballroom to a soft luster>

Origin of BURNISH

Middle English burnischen, from Anglo-French burniss-, stem of burnir, alteration of Old French brunir, literally, to make brown, from brun
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Handicraft Terms

biscuit, darn, tambour, wrought

Rhymes with BURNISH



Definition of BURNISH

:  luster, gloss

Examples of BURNISH

  1. <after some much-needed polishing, the silver tea set had a brilliant burnish>

First Known Use of BURNISH

circa 1647
BURNISH Defined for Kids


verb bur·nish \ˈbər-nish\

Definition of BURNISH for Kids

:  to make shiny


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