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burnish

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verb bur·nish \ˈbər-nish\

Definition of burnish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make shiny or lustrous especially by rubbing <burnish leather> <burnishing his sword>b :  polish 3 <attempting to burnish her image>

  3. 2 :  to rub (a material) with a tool for compacting or smoothing or for turning an edge <pottery with a smooth burnished surface>

burnisher

noun

burnishing

adjective or noun

Examples of burnish in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology 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 in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of burnish

see 1burnish


First Known Use: 1646


BURNISH Defined for English Language Learners

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burnish

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verb bur·nish \ˈbər-nish\

Definition of burnish for English Language Learners

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


BURNISH Defined for Kids

burnish

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verb bur·nish \ˈbər-nish\

Definition of burnish for Students

burnished

burnishing

  1. :  to make shiny



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