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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Just two years earlier, Metz had barely known how to use a computer, but now, her pink-polished fingernails moved easy across the keys. Casey Parks, USA Today, "'You don't know what you did for me': Released from prison by Obama, now on the dean's list," 8 July 2019 Gilbert and Washington showed remarkable agility and polished route running during 1-on-1 drills and 7on7 action at The Opening Finals, posing matchup problems by being too big for defensive backs and too quick for most linebackers. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al.com, "Could 5-star twin towers play together at Alabama or Auburn?," 8 July 2019 The christening look did come from a designer the duchess has incorporated into her royal wardrobe, however: Early reports from the ceremony said that Markle's polished dress was designed by Dior. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Wore a Gorgeous Dior Dress for Baby Archie's Christening," 6 July 2019 It is composed of 168 highly polished stainless steel plates and has become one of the city’s top tourist draws. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Seven charged after The Bean in Millennium Park defaced with graffiti," 4 July 2019 The Iranian official is a polished diplomat who speaks fluent English and frequently relies on a disarming sense of humor. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Threat Still Looms Over Iran’s Top Diplomat," 29 June 2019 Tone down the bright LED colors and you're left with a polished-looking, comfortable, and roomy interior. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Go big and go home: The BMW X7 reviewed," 28 June 2019 The gradient texture mimics your natural nail color for a look that's subtle and polished. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "25 Homecoming Nail Ideas That'll Help You Stand Out," 25 June 2019 The young Lincoln, like the speaker in Freedom of Speech, was not a polished speaker but moved by strong, deeply held feeling. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "A Closer Look at Rockwell’s Four Freedoms," 22 June 2019

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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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