verb (1)
\ ˈglāz How to pronounce glaze (audio) \
glazed; glazing

Definition of glaze

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish or fit with glass
2a : to coat with or as if with a glaze the storm glazed trees with ice
b : to apply a glaze to glaze doughnuts
3 : to give a smooth glossy surface to

intransitive verb

1 : to become glazed or glassy my eyes glazed over
2 : to form a glaze



Definition of glaze (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a smooth slippery coating of thin ice
2a(1) : a liquid preparation applied to food on which it forms a firm glossy coating
(2) : a mixture mostly of oxides (such as silica and alumina) applied to the surface of ceramic wares to form a moisture-impervious and often lustrous or ornamental coating
b : a transparent or translucent color applied to modify the effect of a painted surface
c : a smooth glossy or lustrous surface or finish
3 : a glassy film


verb (2)
glazed; glazing

Definition of glaze (Entry 3 of 3)

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Verb (1)

glazer noun

Examples of glaze in a Sentence

Noun The pot is covered with a bright red glaze. doughnuts with a chocolate glaze The pot needs more glaze.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fashion lovers may know that sustainability and circularity are profoundly important to the future of our planet, but start talking about recycled polymers and eyes tend to glaze over. Max Berlinger, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2021 His signature technique involved thinning the pigment to near-translucence, then applying it layer over layer to create a luminous, glaze-like finish. Susan Delson, WSJ, 29 Oct. 2021 Here’s why my eyes glaze over whenever anyone in this show talks about anything. Erik Kain, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 That’s the sort of stuff that makes Sauter’s eyes glaze over. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Oct. 2021 After 2 hours, glaze both sides of the ribs with the Texas-Style BBQ Rib Sauce and spray again with the spritzer. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Sep. 2021 If your eyes start to glaze over with math anxiety, just go to the last paragraph or two of the column to see my bottom-line message. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, masalas will continue to get toasted, meats will continue to sizzle on the tandoors, and ghee will continue to glaze rotis in kitchens all over the world. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 In 2019, the California Air Resources Board commissioned a report from Cal Maritime with a title that would cause the eyes of even the most nerdy bureaucrat to glaze. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Included here are Brooks Oliver’s sinuous twists of bright-blue porcelain; Nick Geankoplis’s white tile seemingly dripping with light-blue glaze; and a Danielle Wood wall piece whose spiraling, coral-like pieces cast blue shadows. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 Must-try sweet treats are the doughnuts stuffed with a tahini brown butter custard filling and the date turmeric cinnamon rolls, topped with a thick cream cheese glaze., 14 Oct. 2021 Two vintage synthesizers from the early ’90s added an electronic glaze that was best kept subtle. Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2021 Artworks will be glaze-fired and ready for pick-up after Dec. 19. Post-tribune Staff,, 5 Nov. 2021 The syrup also made a nice glaze for the finished galette. New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 Helpful Hint: — This glaze also works well for chicken or beef dishes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 Nov. 2021 That’s evident in dishes like a Taiwanese caprese, with fat chunks of heirloom tomatoes grown by Sebastopol’s Radical Family Farms accompanied by mozzarella and a sweet soy sauce glaze. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Aug. 2021 The burger is a behemoth, topped with crab salad, pulled pork and a sweet and sour glaze. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 7 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of glaze

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glaze

Verb (1)

Middle English glasen, from glas glass

Verb (2)

probably blend of glare and gaze

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“Glaze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of glaze

: a liquid mixture that is put on the surface of something and that becomes shiny and smooth when it is dry


\ ˈglāz How to pronounce glaze (audio) \
glazed; glazing

Kids Definition of glaze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cover with a smooth or glossy coating glaze pottery
2 : to become dull His eyes glazed over with boredom.



Kids Definition of glaze (Entry 2 of 2)

: a glassy surface or coating

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