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 Available in white and black, the Superga shoes have a lace-up design and a leather upper, giving them a polished look. Isabel Garcia, PEOPLE.com, 14 Apr. 2022 Black and gold accents juxtapose the pink to create a polished, feminine look. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Mar. 2022 With a few fetching friends in tow, Hadid hunkers down on easy street in a graphic hoodie and pants, her Chanel bag transforming the otherwise casual set into an intentional, polished daytime look. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 24 Mar. 2022 The barn is crafted with high-quality materials resulting in a very polished, sleek look. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 9 Mar. 2022 Additionally, the bag has a leather bottom for a polished look that also adds to its durability. Sanah Faroke, Travel + Leisure, 29 Jan. 2022 In fact, some of the royals with the most coveted personal styles—Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle—are well known for making denim look polished and timeless. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 24 Apr. 2022 For the evening out, Zendaya looked as polished as ever in a gray suit from Fear of God, which included an oversized blazer and tailored pants. Alexandra Schonfeld, PEOPLE.com, 21 Apr. 2022 These series, unlike the sweeps specials and cheapo docudramas of old, are generally well polished. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Polished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polished. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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