pol·ished | \ˈpä-lisht \

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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Her voice throughout is clear and informed, easily amused, psychologically nuanced and polished without being brocaded. Daphne Merkin, New York Times, "From Don DeLillo to Marilyn Monroe: Lorrie Moore’s First Essay Collection," 18 May 2018 But since becoming newly engaged and soon-to-be member of the royal family, Markle has had to adapt to the royal ways and has debuted a more classy and polished side while at public events with Prince Harry and other members of the royal family. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Meghan Markle shows off her sexy side in a resurfaced magazine video shoot," 17 May 2018 The polished look of the restaurant somewhat betrays the perception of portion size—$10 still gets you plenty of food. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "12 places to grab food and drinks around our favorite music venues in Chicago," 18 Oct. 2017 Graham was one of the most productive players in all of college basketball and is one of the more polished prospects in this draft class. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Devonte Graham Scouting Report and Highlights," 17 June 2018 All told, iOS 12 doesn't promise many show-stopping changes, its many smaller improvements should make iOS a bit more polished from a quality-of-life standpoint. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iOS 12 introduced, to run on everything that runs iOS 11," 4 June 2018 After getting outcoached and falling to a tougher, more cohesive and more polished Boston Celtics team in the first round of the NBA playoffs, the Bucks hope adding Budenholzer to their talented nucleus of players can put them over the hump. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As NBA Finals begin, where do Bucks fit in the contender conversation in the East?," 30 May 2018 While her footwear read like a new neutral, her black baby tee could be considered the more polished alternative to the cheap white tank, another staple that has seen a resurgence among the street style set. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Did Emilia Clarke Just Make This Throwback Shoe Chic Again?," 21 May 2018 Placing her in the ring with Nia Jax over a more polished talent like Flair so early in her career is a risk, but maybe Rousey can outperform expectations once again. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "WWE is already giving Ronda Rousey a title shot," 15 May 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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