1

gloss

play
noun \ˈgläs, ˈglȯs\

Definition of gloss

  1. 1 :  a surface luster or brightness :  shine

  2. 2a :  a deceptively attractive appearance selfishness that had a gloss of humanitarianism about itb :  bright often superficial attractiveness show-biz gloss

  3. 3 :  a transparent cosmetic preparation for adding shine and usually color to the lips

gloss was our Word of the Day on 12/29/2011. Hear the podcast!

Origin and Etymology of gloss

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


2

gloss

verb

Definition of gloss

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  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 Batesb :  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

  3. 2 :  to give a gloss to

First Known Use of gloss

1656


3

gloss

noun

Definition of gloss

  1. 1a :  a brief explanation (as in the margin or between the lines of a text) of a difficult or obscure word or expressionb :  a false and often willfully misleading interpretation (as of a text)

  2. 2a :  glossaryb :  an interlinear translationc :  a continuous commentary accompanying a text

  3. 3 :  commentary, interpretation

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


4

gloss

verb

Definition of gloss

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to provide a gloss for :  explain, defineb :  interpret

  3. 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. 1 :  tongue glossitis

  2. 2 :  language glossolalia

Origin and Etymology of gloss-

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



GLOSS Defined for Kids

1

gloss

play
noun \ˈgläs, ˈglȯs\

Definition of gloss for Students

  1. 1 :  brightness from a smooth surface :  sheen

  2. 2 :  a falsely attractive surface appearance


2

gloss

play
verb

Definition of gloss for Students

glossed

;

glossing

  1. 1 :  to shine the surface of

  2. 2 :  to explain as if unimportant He glossed over a mistake.



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up gloss? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to reach the highest or a decisive point

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!