gloss


1gloss

noun \ˈgläs, ˈgls\

Definition of GLOSS

1
:  a surface luster or brightness :  shine
2
a :  a deceptively attractive appearance <selfishness that had a gloss of humanitarianism about it>
b :  bright often superficial attractiveness <show-biz gloss>
3
:  a transparent cosmetic preparation for adding shine and usually color to the lips

Origin of GLOSS

akin to Middle High German glosen to glow, shine; akin to Old English geolu yellow
First Known Use: 1538

Other Fashion Terms

bodkin, chignon, cowlick, eau de toilette, imperial, pocket, pomander, tonsorial

Rhymes with GLOSS

2gloss

transitive verb

Definition of GLOSS

1
a :  to mask the true nature of :  give a deceptively attractive appearance to —used with over <the misery was general, where not glossed over by liberal application of alcohol — Marston Bates>
b :  to deal with (a subject or problem) too lightly or not at all —used with over <glosses over scholarly controversies rather than confronting them head-on — John Israel>
2
:  to give a gloss to

First Known Use of GLOSS

1656

3gloss

noun

Definition of GLOSS

1
a :  a brief explanation (as in the margin or between the lines of a text) of a difficult or obscure word or expression
b :  a false and often willfully misleading interpretation (as of a text)
2
a :  glossary
b :  an interlinear translation
c :  a continuous commentary accompanying a text

Origin of GLOSS

alteration of gloze, from Middle English glose, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin glosa, glossa, from Greek glōssa, glōtta tongue, language, obscure word; akin to Greek glōchis projecting point
First Known Use: 1548

4gloss

transitive verb

Definition of GLOSS

1
a :  to provide a gloss for :  explain, define
b :  interpret
2
:  to dispose of by false or perverse interpretation <trying to gloss away the irrationalities of the universe — Irwin Edman>

First Known Use of GLOSS

1603

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