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


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

Sure, there's something so photogenic about a simple pink glazed donut with rainbow sprinkles. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Move over, Tie Dye Frappucino. These 10 drinks and desserts in metro Phoenix were made for Instagram," 12 July 2019 The zipper-like arrangement rests atop the same miso and cider glaze the duck is cooked in and is adorned with braised pearl onion petals holding spicy duck pâté. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Our restaurant critic's 12 favorite metro Detroit dishes from the first half of 2019," 28 June 2019 Immediately the Internet reacted to the first image of a black hole ever, a the thing that could suck our whole universe into it (or something like that): Is it an orange glazed donut? Vogue, "Is the Black Hole a Glazed Donut? And Other Deep Thoughts About the Universe," 10 Apr. 2019 Explore color mixing, washes, glazing techniques and methods for creating texture., "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Pollinator workshops, garden tours and more," 21 June 2019 After an epic winter, the 14,179-foot peak is glazed with a layer of deep white snow. Tom Stienstra,, "Planning a trip to California’s far north this summer? Read this first.," 7 June 2019 While eyes often glaze over at news that another Nürburgring record has fallen, this is one that is worth paying attention to. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Volkswagen I.D. R Smashes Nürburgring EV Record," 3 June 2019 Eco-friendly efforts were another priority for the couple: windows are reportedly triple-glazed to reduce noise and keep in heat, and the home contains a green energy unit as well as vegan paint in the nursery. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Officially Moved to Windsor," 4 Apr. 2019 But glass is heavy, fragile and expensive, so most DIY greenhouses are glazed with polycarbonate, acrylic, fiberglass, or polyethylene sheeting. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Greenhouse," 28 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Add vinegar and sugar, return to boil, and cook, stirring constantly with heat-resistant spatula, until spatula leaves wide trail when dragged through glaze, 1 to 2 minutes. Washington Post, "How to maximize beets’ sweet, earthy flavor without mess," 8 July 2019 Marley specializes in homemade buttercream frosting, homemade fondant, mirror glaze cakes, edible cookie dough cake balls, candy bar ice cream cakes and the most amazing specialty cakes around! Sam Boyer,, "Looking at items from the past is always interesting: Whit & Whimsey," 5 July 2019 In a saucepot, combine diced pineapple, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and honey and reduce to a glaze. National Geographic, "Grilled Venison Strip Loin," 2 July 2019 Halfway through cooking, brush the rose syrup glaze over the pork, being careful to not let the sugar burn., "Recipe: Rose Blossom and Rosemary Pork Tenderloin," 19 June 2019 Modern shapes are softened with warm, earthy glazes. Sophia Markoulakis,, "Florists highlight floral displays in beautiful, custom vases that they rent," 7 June 2019 Lazy Hippo kicks off Independence Day with a breakfast freebie: customers who purchase any breakfast item of choice will receive a complimentary cinnamon roll pancake, topped with a sweet cream-cheese glaze and a touch of cinnamon. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: 34 places you can eat, drink and hang out this Independence Day," 27 June 2019 The sugars will caramelize until the ribs are dark brown, and the salty-spicy-sweet glaze will make the whole thing glisten. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "You’d Never Know These BBQ Ribs Were Cooked in the Instant Pot," 20 June 2018 Brush half the remaining glaze (about 1/2 cup) over the ham and bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Orange–Coriander Glazed Ham," 12 Feb. 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 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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