sheen

adjective
\ ˈshēn How to pronounce sheen (audio) \

Definition of sheen

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 archaic : beautiful
2 archaic : shining, resplendent

sheen

verb
sheened; sheening; sheens

Definition of sheen (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to be bright : show a sheen

sheen

noun

Definition of sheen (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : a bright or shining condition : brightness
b : a subdued glitter approaching but short of optical reflection
c : a lustrous surface imparted to textiles through finishing processes or use of shiny yarns
2 : a textile exhibiting notable sheen

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Other Words from sheen

Noun

sheeny \ ˈshē-​nē How to pronounce sheeny (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for sheen

Synonyms: Noun

burnish, gloss, luminance, luster (or lustre), polish, shine

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Examples of sheen in a Sentence

Noun

Her hair has a sheen to it. polished the metal until it had an even sheen

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Perhaps Lynx is using the glossy sheen of the mall as a cover to carry out its schemes. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "7 Stranger Things Season 3 Fan Theories That Will Turn Your Mind Upside Down," 22 Mar. 2019 And, in a court filing several years ago, Taylor Energy said experts concluded in 2014 that the sheens contained an average volume of less than 4 gallons per day. Michael Kunzelman, The Seattle Times, "Company can be ordered to drill to end 14-year-old oil leak," 21 Nov. 2018 Friday’s court filing also says Taylor and the Coast Guard met in August and discussed plugging more wells as part of an effort to eliminate the persistent oil sheen seen at the site. Jeff Amy, The Seattle Times, "Federal lawyers: Gulf oil leak spills much more than thought," 17 Sep. 2018 In the United States, in Europe and across the developing world, Putin’s brand recognition has given Russia the sheen of a force to be reckoned with anew — and approval ratings that in many countries are growing. Washington Post, "How the Kremlin turned the Russian president into a global icon," 12 July 2018 Conte is seen to have contributed to his own demise having fallen out both with the players and the board as the sheen of the title victory quickly disappearing. Pirate Irwin, chicagotribune.com, "Reports: Chelsea to fire Conte, replace him with Sarri imminently," 5 July 2018 But what lasts long after the credits roll is the movie’s quiet beauty, the iridescent sheen of an oil slick that enshrouds the narrative and the moments of near silence preceding terrifying noise. Eliza Berman, Time, "Best Movies of 2018 So Far," 4 June 2018 This soft, rainbow highlighter creates a silvery sheen with micro-pigments that is guaranteed to dazzle. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What July's Pisces Horoscope Means for You," 29 June 2018 Janet Jackson mixed pop and R&B with commercial success in the ’80s and ’90s, while Def Leppard gave hard rock a radio-friendly pop sheen. Neil Shah, WSJ, "Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Def Leppard to Join Rock & Roll Hall of Fame," 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of sheen

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sheen

Adjective

Middle English shene, from Old English scīene; akin to Old English scēawian to look — more at show

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sheen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sheen

: a soft, smooth, shiny quality

sheen

noun
\ ˈshēn How to pronounce sheen (audio) \

Kids Definition of sheen

: a bright or shining condition : luster

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