pol·​ished | \ ˈpä-lisht How to pronounce polished (audio) \

Definition of polished

1 : subjected to polishing : made smooth and glossy by or as if by polishing a polished surface polished silver
2 : characterized by a high degree of development, finish, or refinement : free from imperfections a polished performance/performer a highly polished piece of writing
3 somewhat old-fashioned : characterized by elegance and refinement a polished gentleman polished society

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Synonyms & Antonyms for polished


buffed, burnished, glistening, glossy, lustrous, rubbed, satin, satiny, sleek


dim, dull, flat, lusterless, matte (also mat)

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Some of the more popular ones are polished, honed and leathered. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, "Countertops Limited Only by Your Budget and Imagination," 26 Dec. 2018 Garalis Limnio 2016 Attractive aromas of red fruit, violets, and mineral hint at the palate to come, which is full of juicy red fruits and plentiful-but-polished tannins. Ellen Bhang, BostonGlobe.com, "Set the table with these distinctive Greek wines," 2 July 2018 Bridges is a polished, 3 and D wing who can add depth behind Josh Jackson and T.J. Warren. azcentral, "NBA draft grades: Rave reviews for Phoenix Suns' 2018 NBA draft class?," 25 June 2018 Headliners: TobyMac, For King & Country, NewsBoys Don't miss: With an ultra-polished, crowd-pleasing show and a versatile discography, TobyMac is a must. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 top Wisconsin summer music festivals to check out in 2018," 15 May 2018 While impeccably professional and polished, Folbaum has never been accused of being particularly exciting on-the-air. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Sources: CBS4 anchor Rick Folbaum shopping jobs in other TV markets | Miami Herald," 10 May 2018 Especially good: The vocals sounded highly polished, and the musical number performed was visually striking and immediately pulled you into the story. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fringe preview: 7 shows I have my eye on (with videos)," 20 Apr. 2018 The wax is then cast and that piece is polished using strings and a red machine that looks a lot like a sewing machine. Kate Young, Vogue, "Inside Kate Young’s Chanel-Filled Trip to Paris for Couture Week," 25 Jan. 2019 Bush, as many obituary writers have pointed out, is more polished than Trump. Anna North, Vox, "What George H.W. Bush’s presidency says about Trump and Kavanaugh," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of polished

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for polished

Middle English polisshed, from past participle of polisshen to polish

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

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English Language Learners Definition of polished

: made smooth and shiny by polishing
: very impressive or skillful
somewhat old-fashioned : very polite : having good manners

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