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

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 Rubber rots, glazing splits, steel corrodes, horsehair seats crumble to dust. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Art of Faking a Ferrari," 10 May 2018 Most of us have eaten carrots glazed in butter or honey, but Sam Adams beer? Fox News, "9 Easter side dishes perfect for Sunday brunch," 14 Apr. 2017 Serve fish with this amazing gochujang romesco and glaze with bourbon brown butter. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Constantly evolving MilkWood helps shape Louisville's food scene," 19 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Serve with any remaining glaze drizzled over; season with salt, if needed. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appetit, "Instant Pot Glazed and Grilled Ribs," 25 June 2018 Using a pastry brush, brush glaze over exterior of ham and between layers. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Not a peep of stress: A foolishly simple menu for an April 1 Easter," 20 Mar. 2018 Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour the glaze over the pork chops and serve. Katie Lee Joel, Marie Claire, "Cooking for One," 1 Apr. 2015 After loaves have baked 10 minutes, spoon glaze over loaves. Redbook, "Easy Weeknight Meals: Mexican-Glazed Meatloaves," 17 Aug. 2012 The butter-syrup mixture will create a nice glaze over the lobster. House Beautiful, "Todd English's Surf & Turf Recipe at Kitchen of the Year," 20 July 2012 Even untreated wood has a clear coating, a naturally occurring substance known as mill glaze. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Staining a Deck," 1 Apr. 2019 The mesquite coals put a shiny glaze over the brisket fat, sealing in the juice underneath. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que," 13 July 2018 After 40 years in sun and rain their brilliant gold glaze remains only in recesses, their eye sockets, their navels, the insides of their wings. Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: Richfield Building sculptures in wrecking yard," 17 May 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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