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burnish

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verb bur·nish \ˈbər-nish\

Simple Definition of burnish

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

Full Definition of burnish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make shiny or lustrous especially by rubbing b :  polish 3

  3. 2 :  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

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burnish

noun bur·nish

Definition of burnish



Examples of burnish

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



Circa 1647

First Known Use of burnish

circa 1647



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