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gloss

noun \ ˈgläs , ˈglȯs \

Definition of gloss

1 : a surface luster or brightness : shine
2 a : a deceptively attractive appearance
  • selfishness that had a gloss of humanitarianism about it
b : bright often superficial attractiveness
  • show-biz gloss
3 : a transparent cosmetic preparation for adding shine and usually color to the lips

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Origin and Etymology of gloss

akin to Middle High German glosen to glow, shine; akin to Old English geolu yellow


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gloss

verb

Definition of gloss

transitive verb
1 a : to mask the true nature of : give a deceptively attractive appearance to used with over
  • the misery was general, where not glossed over by liberal application of alcohol
  • —Marston Bates
b : to deal with (a subject or problem) too lightly or not at all used with over
  • glosses over scholarly controversies rather than confronting them head-on
  • —John Israel
2 : to give a gloss to

First Known Use of gloss

1656


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gloss

noun

Definition of gloss

1 a : a brief explanation (as in the margin or between the lines of a text) of a difficult or obscure word or expression
b : a false and often willfully misleading interpretation (as of a text)
2 a : glossary
b : an interlinear translation
c : a continuous commentary accompanying a text

Origin and Etymology of gloss

alteration of gloze, from Middle English glose, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin glosa, glossa, from Greek glōssa, glōtta tongue, language, obscure word; akin to Greek glōchis projecting point


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gloss

verb

Definition of gloss

transitive verb
1 a : to provide a gloss for : explain, define
b : interpret
2 : to dispose of by false or perverse interpretation
  • trying to gloss away the irrationalities of the universe
  • —Irwin Edman

First Known Use of gloss

1603


gloss-

combining form
variants: or glosso-

Definition of gloss-

1 : tongue
  • glossitis
2 : language
  • glossolalia

Origin and Etymology of gloss-

Latin, from Greek glōss-, glōsso-, from glōssa



GLOSS Defined for Kids

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gloss

noun \ ˈgläs , ˈglȯs \

Definition of gloss for Students

1 : brightness from a smooth surface : sheen
2 : a falsely attractive surface appearance

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gloss

verb

Definition of gloss for Students

glossed; glossing
1 : to shine the surface of
2 : to explain as if unimportant
  • He glossed over a mistake.


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