enam·​el | \ i-ˈna-məl How to pronounce enamel (audio) \
enameled or enamelled; enameling or enamelling\ i-​ˈnam-​liŋ How to pronounce enamel (audio) , -​ˈna-​mə-​ \

Definition of enamel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover, inlay, or decorate with enamel
2 : to beautify with a colorful surface
3 : to form a glossy surface on (a material, such as paper, leather, or cloth)



Definition of enamel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a usually opaque vitreous composition applied by fusion to the surface of metal, glass, or pottery
2 : a surface or outer covering that resembles enamel
3a : something that is enameled
4 : a cosmetic intended to give a smooth or glossy appearance
5 : a hard calcareous substance that forms a thin layer capping the teeth — see tooth illustration
6 : a paint that flows out to a smooth coat when applied and that dries with a glossy appearance

Other Words from enamel


enameler noun
enamelist \ i-​ˈna-​mə-​list How to pronounce enamel (audio) \ noun

Examples of enamel in a Sentence

Noun The tea set is decorated with enamel. an artist who works with enamels The museum has a fine collection of enamels.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jeep Wrangler Extras The Wrangler is first into the muck, its torquey turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four spinning those big BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2s and immediately enameling its Hellayella paint with a chocolate candy shell. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 4 June 2020 French ovens, which are made with enameled cast iron to reduce sticking and endure the test of time, are functionally similar to Dutch ovens, but this one from Staub has sloped sides as opposed to the vertical sides seen with the brand's Dutch oven. Reviewed.com, 2 June 2020 Weber Spirit II Propane Grill This propane grill features two burners topped with porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates. NBC News, 28 May 2020 In addition to the porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates, the grill has a warming rack to toast buns or to keep food warm. NBC News, 16 May 2020 This 10 ¼ skillet won in America’s Test Kitchen’s favorite enameled cast iron skillet category. NBC News, 17 Mar. 2020 The colors will be available in a variety of Le Creuset products from enameled cast iron to stoneware and bakeware. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, 12 Feb. 2020 Cookware, like Le Creuset, France's enameled cast iron culinary stalwart. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 13 Jan. 2020 This 22-inch model can cook 13 burgers at once and both the bowl and lid are porcelain-enameled and don’t retain heat or rust. Popular Science, 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bentonite clay will polish the enamel on your teeth to fade stains and reveal a brighter, whiter smile. ELLE, 14 May 2022 The ethos of the redesign centered on a vintage coffee table with different shades of blue inlaid enamel that Mr. Wiesen inherited from his grandmother. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Kotov says his team used strictly biocompatible compounds in the fabrication process, which means the artificial enamel should theoretically be safe for humans. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 4 Feb. 2022 The Marine Mega Yacht’s rose-gold case encloses a striking enamel dial with an interpretation of a ship’s bow. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 2 Apr. 2022 The best way to keep your pearly whites is by avoiding foods that can stain your enamel. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 9 Mar. 2022 The fossil is so well preserved that its teeth still retain their shiny enamel and the claws are menacingly sharp. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 26 Feb. 2022 With the proper primer and a latex enamel that has some elasticity to it, Thermofoil can be painted. Mark Philben, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Feb. 2022 Our results show that Neandertal infants formed their enamel a little faster than moderns, indicating a more rapid growth rate on average. David W. Frayer, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of enamel


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for enamel


Middle English, from Anglo-French enameller, from en- + asmal, esmal enamel, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German smelzan to melt — more at smelt entry 2

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enam·​el | \ i-ˈna-məl How to pronounce enamel (audio) \
enameled or enamelled; enameling or enamelling

Kids Definition of enamel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cover or decorate with a smooth hard glossy coating enamel a pot



Kids Definition of enamel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a glassy substance used to coat the surface of metal, glass, and pottery
2 : the hard outer surface of the teeth
3 : a paint that dries to form a hard glossy coat


enam·​el | \ in-ˈam-əl How to pronounce enamel (audio) \

Medical Definition of enamel

: the intensely hard calcareous substance that forms a thin layer partly covering the teeth of many vertebrates including humans, is the hardest substance of the animal body, and consists of minute prisms secreted by ameloblasts, arranged at right angles to the surface, and bound together by a cement substance — compare cementum, dentin

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