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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By using the most precise equipment ever manufactured, including the largest vacuum chamber and most polished mirrors in the world, LIGO astronomers are capable of picking up some of these minuscule vibrations. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "LIGO Gravitational Wave Observatory Getting $30 Million Upgrade," 15 Feb. 2019 In the kitchen, white cabinetry and window casings were rebuilt and hand-painted in black gloss, with fittings in highly polished brass. Nick Sullivan, ELLE Decor, "A Snug New York Bachelor Pad Is Morphed Into a Swank and Spacious Home," 20 Nov. 2018 The trend has typically been styled in a more grungy, streetwear vibe; Chopra is the first to really wear it in a polished, business-like context. Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Puts a Downtown Twist on the Classic “Ladies Who Lunch” Look," 11 Apr. 2019 The French international has a polished set of offensive skills, is quick off the floor and competes hard, but needs to pack on muscle in order to deal with the physicality of the NBA game. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft Big Board 3.0: Trae Young Continues Dazzling Climb," 10 Jan. 2018 There are cool, sporty color-block knit tank dresses and pleated cotton poplin shirt dresses for something polished, feminine, and easy. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "When Did "Wearable" Become a Dirty Word in Fashion?," 27 Mar. 2019 Here, chef Cosme Aguilar, who was born in Chiapas (southern Mexico), brings to life polished homeland classics without tampering with their core. Ali Francis, Vogue, "7 Long Island City Restaurants You Should Try Before, Well, Amazon," 20 Nov. 2018 Tenor Noah Stewart brought grace and reserve to the role of Tamino, singing with a polished focused sound, if some tension in highest passages. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After disruptive week, Florentine Opera sings Mozart's 'Magic Flute'," 12 May 2018 Whether seeking out austere, polished classics in the Loop, or heading to Logan Square—where new cocktail dens open regularly—for playful tiki drinks, there’s something for everyone. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Bars in Chicago," 1 Mar. 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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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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