Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

sheen

play
adjective \ˈshēn\

Definition of sheen

  1. 1 archaic :  beautiful

  2. 2 archaic :  shining, resplendent



Origin and Etymology of sheen

Middle English shene, from Old English scīene; akin to Old English scēawian to look — more at show


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

sheen

intransitive verb

Definition of sheen

  1. :  to be bright :  show a sheen



14th Century

First Known Use of sheen

14th century


3

sheen

noun

Simple Definition of sheen

  • : a soft, smooth, shiny quality

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sheen

  1. 1a :  a bright or shining condition :  brightnessb :  a subdued glitter approaching but short of optical reflectionc :  a lustrous surface imparted to textiles through finishing processes or use of shiny yarns

  2. 2 :  a textile exhibiting notable sheen

sheeny

play \ˈshē-nē\ adjective

Examples of sheen in a sentence

  1. Her hair has a sheen to it.

  2. <polished the metal until it had an even sheen>



1600

First Known Use of sheen

1600

Other Textiles Terms


SHEEN Defined for Kids

sheen

play
noun \ˈshēn\

Definition of sheen for Students

  1. :  a bright or shining condition :  luster





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sheen? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to destroy or remove completely

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

brumal hiemal estival vernal
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ