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

If the tile isn't glazed or the liquid has spread to the grout, use CLF Bath & Kitchen Cleaner to remove discoloration. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of That Cat Pee Smell on Carpets, Wood, and Upholstery," 17 Dec. 2018 Arrange on a wire rack on a baking sheet and pre-bake in a preheated 400F oven until the bacon is cooked and the carrots are tender, about 20-30 minutes, glazing with the maple syrup half way through. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "3 Fancy But Easy BBQ Recipes to Grill Before Summer Is Over," 30 Aug. 2018 The signature preparation, hoba yaki, involves meats and vegetables glazed with miso and fire-roasted on magnolia leaves. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "An Outdoor Outpost of Tulum, in Hudson Square," 3 July 2018 Her grandma took her to the studio to give her her first experience sculpting clay, learning how to glaze and create a bowl. Fox News, "The life and legacy of Sen. John McCain," 28 Aug. 2018 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to glaze the globe Mouth watering? Melissa Reinert,, "This week in junk food: A 'cheezy' return, a twist on fries, and spiced up chips," 29 June 2018 The trinity: Baby back ribs are the pork snacks of the barbecue world, dainty little things often glazed like lollipops. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Texas Pride Barbecue," 29 June 2018 In a way, its even fired and glazed into the community itself. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville pottery company has a new owner and a trove of forgotten art," 11 June 2018 Following the glazing party, a stream of DMs appear, one by one, from each and every one of my new Guadalajaran friends. Julia Sherman, Vogue, "Ceramics, Chilaquiles, and Micheladas: An Artist’s Guide to Guadalajara," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Made from scratch dough, fresh ingredients and a glaze of garlic butter. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Food Network picks Fort Worth's best pizza. Is it better than the Dallas pick?," 19 June 2018 Make the glaze: Beat cream cheese, milk, vanilla, and salt on medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Pecan-Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze," 1 Nov. 2018 The fresh, warm dough was light, cakey and buttery, and the sugary glaze dissolved on my tongue. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Are Homemade Doughnuts Worth the Effort and Fire Hazard?," 13 July 2018 To make the glaze: combine confectioners’ sugar and milk. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville bakery helps rescue exploited women through baked goods," 8 May 2018 So all eyes and hearts among the Amerikites became hardened with the enamel of fanaticism and the glaze of hysteria. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "The Book of Donald," 4 Oct. 2018 But the new BBQ Sausage Roll is very similar to a Czech klobasnek, with a criss-cross glaze of sweet barbecue sauce on top. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Where to find peach dishes away from the Weatherford festival crowd," 10 July 2018 The shrimp were sautéed just so, the glaze of spices enveloping each crustacean with bold, sweet and spicy all at once. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Try one of these top 13 best-reviewed Louisville restaurants of 2018," 15 June 2018 The character herself is thinly conceived, a cynical but unimaginative facsimile of our idea of the Hollywood starlet, yet Hathaway takes every opportunity to dive into the role, hamming it up underneath the devilish glaze of a raspberry red lip. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Ocean’s 8 isn’t a great movie, but it’s a perfect summer movie.," 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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