polished

adjective pol·ished \ ˈpä-lisht \
Updated on: 21 Apr 2018

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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Origin and Etymology of polished

Middle English polisshed, from past participle of polisshen to polish



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