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 In the Catholic church wherein I was raised, post-service meals appeared on festival days: trays of vermillion- and green-tinted sticky rice, glazed barbecue chicken wings and spring rolls filled with pork and canned crab meat. Soleil Ho,, "Where do you find amazing vegan Vietnamese food in the Bay Area? Look for this Buddhist temple in East Palo Alto," 11 Oct. 2019 Every Star Wars after this one will try to make its characters important, like societally crucial, glazed with Chosen One frosting, sanctified with sacred sacrifice. Darren Franich,, "Star Wars rewatch: The Empire Strikes Back is the special effects movie that hates special effects," 30 Oct. 2019 That might make some people’s eyes glaze over, but the numbers were quite revealing for average time between pitches under various circumstances. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Time to put major league pitchers on the clock? Not so fast," 10 July 2019 Participants will create a garden base out of clay, glaze our base and assemble the garden from sand, stones and a few simple details. Carol Kovach,, "Lakewood Summer Meltdown returns for 10th year with music, fun and races: A Place in the Sun," 9 July 2019 Press [Saute] and simmer, stirring often until juice thickens and glazes the carrots, about 5 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Maple-Ginger Glazed Carrots," 28 Aug. 2019 An order of the popular chain’s Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, which is 2,040 calories, is the equivalent of eating 11 of Krispy Kreme’s glazed doughnuts. Maria Pasquini,, "Annual List of 'Unhealthiest' Chain Restaurant Dishes Is Here — See Which Ones Are the Most Caloric," 2 Aug. 2019 It will be glazed with a vanilla and bourbon glaze to accent the chocolate and dark fruits. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cork & Craft chefs reunite for five-year anniversary beer dinner," 5 Sep. 2019 Pandolfi’s serving vessels were glazed white with raw, sandy outsides, and even the utensils were brought out in a large earthenware jug, part centerpiece and part tool kit. New York Times, "How to Host a Summer Barbecue Like a Professional," 23 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The nutty, salty, herby bite of this mixture breathes life back into those silky leeks, while complementing the sweet, spicy, acidity of the glaze. Emily Schultz, Bon Appétit, "Silky Leeks With Not One But TWO Sauces Are My Thanksgiving Wild Card," 7 Nov. 2019 Pour three-quarters of the glaze into a 9-inch-square baking dish; set the remainder aside for grilling. NBC News, "Soy-honey grilled salmon with umami roasted vegetables," 20 Oct. 2019 While the onions are caramelizing, in a pot over medium high heat, heat all the ingredients for the glaze and stir. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Time to start thinking about Thanksgiving appetizers," 28 Oct. 2019 The dry, crunchy exterior acts as a sponge for the thick, saucy glaze. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "I’ve Always Liked Tofu, But This Recipe Made Me Looooove It," 25 Oct. 2019 Its glaze was brown and sticky and a jarring departure from what had preceded it. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "1 Michelin star, 10 courses and tons of buzz: revisiting Addison," 25 July 2019 For a golden brown glaze, brush the pastry with an egg wash (an egg beaten with a spoonful of water), and sprinkle with sugar. Jean Kressy,, "Recipe: Native strawberries and rhubarb bake together in this old-fashioned New England pie," 10 June 2019 Let the cake cool until the frosting becomes a crackly doughnut-like glaze over the cake, then serve while still slightly warm from the pan. Los Angeles Times, "Frost your cake while it’s hot for best results," 12 Sep. 2019 Vue restaurant at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa will serve chicken and waffles with a citrus marmalade glaze and jalapeno pistou. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Where to celebrate National Waffle Day in San Diego," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of glaze was in the 14th century

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7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Glaze.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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