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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Examples of polished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web DeBeers’s celebrated the beauty of Africa in the Reflections of Nature collection with pieces like the Okavango Grace fringed necklace, which combines rough and polished diamonds in muted shades of green, pink and gray. Jill Newman, Town & Country, "The Allure of High Jewelry Still Remains Strong During the Pandemic," 17 Feb. 2021 Decked out with a lavish marble lobby, it was built with the intention of being a comfortable and polished spot for business travelers and Hollywood tourists to enjoy. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The True Timeline of the Cecil Hotel's Dark History," 13 Feb. 2021 And while a win over a quality team was solid, Dallas still wasn’t polished. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Dallas Fuel end preseason tournament run with win over Seoul Dynasty in 3-2 thriller," 30 Jan. 2021 Forbes, exactly two years older than James, is more polished, and after playing in 30 games for Alabama last season, considerably more experienced. G Smith, NOLA.com, "Mature beyond his years, Tulane freshman Sion James is rounding into form," 27 Jan. 2021 For example, there’s the luxurious longline cardigan from Acne Studios and Lou Lou Studio’s polished polo sweater. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Stocking Up on Sweaters? These Covetable Knits Are All on Sale Right Now," 15 Jan. 2021 Although their aesthetic is polished and contemporary, the design still feels casual and inviting thanks to plenty of warm neutrals and natural textures. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Netflix is Launching a New Home Makeover Show Featuring Studio McGee," 24 Sep. 2020 Yet most lo-fi YouTube channels traffic in beats that are smooth and polished, delivered in an unyielding, unobtrusive ooze. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Beat-Making of Madlib," 18 Jan. 2021 Steve’s interpretations of his son’s songs sound rougher and less polished, thanks to their stylistic differences, but still faithful to the originals. Justin Curto, Vulture, "Steve Earle Honors Late Son Justin Townes Earle With Covers Album," 4 Jan. 2021

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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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27 Feb 2021

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“Polished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polished. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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