\ ˈshēn How to pronounce sheen (audio) \

Definition of sheen

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 archaic : beautiful
2 archaic : shining, resplendent


sheened; sheening; sheens

Definition of sheen (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to be bright : show a sheen



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


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

Synonyms for sheen

Synonyms: Noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective My Sheets Rock The Regulator $169.00 Bamboo Twill Sheets Made from bamboo twill, these breathable sheets have the softness of rayon with a sheen finish. Lauren Levy, NBC News, 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But old pennies have a nice copper sheen all the way through. Vincent T. Davis,, 18 Jan. 2021 This diner digs their seasoning: bacon, thyme, red vinegar and a finishing touch of butter to give the beans sheen. Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another musical offering this weekend comes from Lake Street Dive, a group of New England Conservatory graduates who, across seven studio albums, have honed a retro soul sound with a contemporary sheen. New York Times, 3 June 2021 To break it down in greater detail, Glossier's Ultralip packs all the hydration of the brand's cult-favourite Balm Dot Com with the sheen of its Lip Gloss and the tint of its matte Generation G lipsticks. Karina Hoshikawa,, 24 May 2021 Lastly, Glycerin allows for hydration, comfort and sheen. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 12 May 2021 The formula is oil-free and resists sweat and humidity so that your sheen-free look stays in place from morning to night. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, 6 May 2021 This buildable tint brings depth and sheen to your tan and can be applied onto the face, eyes and even lips. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Containing 98% natural origin ingredients, the oil gives a beautiful sheen to the skin. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 6 May 2021 But there's a new sheen to the service, and the activity schedule has been expanded to include experiences like stargazing in the garden amphitheater while comfortably horizontal. Lee Marshall, Travel + Leisure, 1 May 2021 The result is an extra fresh-tasting fish, according to chefs in international media reports; the texture might have a different bounce, the color might sport a different sheen. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sheen


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


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sheen


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

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“Sheen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sheen

: a soft, smooth, shiny quality


\ ˈshēn How to pronounce sheen (audio) \

Kids Definition of sheen

: a bright or shining condition : luster

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