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

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 Faced with a similar slump, some hitters might lock themselves in a room and watch video until their eyes glaze over. Scott Lauber,, "Rhys Hoskins busts slump, powers Phillies to win over Nationals," 5 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Asian art historian Meher McArthur explores the history and evolution of this stoneware, marked by natural glazes and a rough surface laid with quartz particles, from functional for common folks to a currently collectible form of art. Lisa Deaderick,, "What's happening in the visual art world in July," 8 July 2018 Smoked Brussels Sprouts Ingredients Bushel of Brussel sprouts Olive oil Sea salt Seasoned salt Balsamic glazeInstructions 1. Fox News, "John McLemore's Independence Day cookout," 1 July 2018 Mix two parts jam or jelly to one part chicken or beef stock and cook it down, stirring constantly, to a glaze consistency. Indianapolis Star, "RECIPES: Fruit Recipes for the Holidays," 18 May 2018 Find several glaze recipes here or try another from this year's Ohio Maple Producers Association's Maple Magazine: Combine 1/2 cup maple syrup with 1 tablespoon prepared mustard and 1/4 cup orange juice. Debbi Snook,, "Easter ham: Tips on choosing, cooking and consuming," 28 Mar. 2018 While the cake bakes, make glaze by using an electric hand mixer to combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and 7-Up. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "7-Up cake? Bubbly history of the lemon-lime soda includes popular retro recipes," 6 July 2018 Pork Belly Burger Succulent pork belly, caramelized at the edges, tops a burger with a thin spread of bittersweet citrus glaze and the tart pop of pickled red onions. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "25 best burgers in Phoenix: If you've got a hamburger craving, here's where to go," 23 May 2018 Place plastic wrap directly onto the surface of glaze and set aside until ready to use. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Orange Chiffon Cake with Buttermilk Ice Cream," 27 Feb. 2013 The glaze is boiled down balsamic vinegar that has an intense, sweet flavor. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Caprese salad meets grilled bread in this easy summer appetizer," 8 July 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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