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gloss

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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

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Origin and Etymology of gloss

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


First Known Use: 1538


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gloss

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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

1656

First Known Use of gloss

1656


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gloss

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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


First Known Use: 1548


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gloss

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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

1603

First Known Use of gloss

1603


gloss-

combining form
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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

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gloss

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noun \ˈgläs, ˈglȯs\

Definition of gloss for Students

  1. 1 :  brightness from a smooth surface :  sheen

  2. 2 :  a falsely attractive surface appearance


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gloss

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Definition of gloss for Students

glossed

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glossing

  1. 1 :  to shine the surface of

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



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