verb (1)
\ ˈglāz \
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


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

Co-owner and head baker Herb Glaser, 65, wearing white cotton pants and an apron streaked with frosting, was busy icing birthday cakes and glazing black-and-white cookies, but stopped whenever a customer walked in to wave hello. Shivani Vora, New York Times, "In Yorkville, the Last Days of a German Bakery," 28 Mar. 2018 Crocker also glazed the walls in the adjacent dining room. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Once a sea captain’s cottage, this Cotuit fixer-upper brings on the charm," 15 June 2018 Fractured Prune Be the hit of the party with the Land of the Free, Home of the Glazed Box ($15.99) complete with four each of strawberry glaze, blueberry glaze with sprinkles and vanilla glazed with powdered sugar. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Happy birthday, America! 35 restaurants celebrating with Fourth of July food, drink deals," 29 June 2018 The ribs were lightly glazed during the cooking process and a bit on the sweet candied side, but there’s no masking the pleasant pork taste of the meat that easily stripped from the bone. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: True Texas BBQ," 25 May 2018 Crisp squares of fish skin provide a briny anchor for snapper ceviche brightened with lime oil; strips of fried tempeh glazed in sweet soy become filling for lettuce cups. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "Restaurant Review: Kasih Has Bold Indonesian Flavors With a High-Gloss Finish," 22 May 2018 Artist Meira Una looks at ceramics in a new way, forgoing the traditional procedure of forming clay, then embellishing and glazing it. Martina Schimitschek,, "At the Mingei, Israeli ingenuity comes into focus in new exhibit," 15 Apr. 2018 They were glazed with a sauce that wasn’t too sweet or too overwhelming. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "After an extensive taste test, here are the best BBQ ribs in Louisville," 29 June 2018 View larger map Duck Donuts serves vanilla cake doughnuts bare or with a coating (cinnamon sugar, powered sugar, glazed or icing). Joyce Smith, kansascity, "New to Leawood: Donut shop where you can top doughnuts with bacon, ice cream, more," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Grill, turning once, until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part (avoiding the bone) registers 135°F, 10 to 14 minutes, basting with glaze (about 2/3 cup) during the last 4 minutes of cooking. Kristina Kurek, Country Living, "Bourbon BBQ Glazed Pork Chops," 13 June 2018 For glaze, heat the stock and the mole paste in a small sauce pan, whisking until dissolved. Caron Golden,, "Grilling: not just a man's world," 21 May 2018 The menu, posted on wall boards, features items such The Gentilly, (house sweet cream, blueberries, strawberries and cream cheese, topped with sweet glaze, almond cake and whipped cream). Kim Chatelain,, "Sweet Rolls - rolled ice cream - rolls into St. Tammany," 18 May 2018 For your Jack Daniels glaze cravings, please visit our other locations @ Hollywood and Coral Springs or visit us on the web David Lyons,, "TGI Fridays in Fort Lauderdale closes after four decades," 11 July 2018 Too much of this can be terrible, but used judiciously, that glaze can produce a sweet-smoky-salty combo that pleases nearly every cluster of taste buds. Andy Staples,, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018 For cooking and ingredient purposes, the 7-Up used in the recipe for 7-Up Cake serves as the substitute for baking soda in the batter of this moist pound cake and additional 7-Up is used for the liquid and flavor agent in the glaze ingredients. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "7-Up cake? Bubbly history of the lemon-lime soda includes popular retro recipes," 6 July 2018 Remove from smoker and drizzle balsamic glaze on top. Fox News, "John McLemore's Independence Day cookout," 1 July 2018 During that dynasty, the Chinese had perfected color glazes. Weike Wang, The New Yorker, "Omakase," 6 June 2018

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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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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 \
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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