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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The glossy sheen over eyes, the slightly pockmarked material of human skin, and the stylized, slightly rounded reshaping of expressive facial animations: these all put FFVIIR's characters on the right side of the uncanny valley. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Final Fantasy VII Remake hands-on: Already feels like the one for jaded JRPG fans," 15 June 2019 Also serving up metallic sheen was Gigi Hadid, who had her falsies completely cast in gray foil, while Priyanka Chopra's were silver-tipped to equally stunning effect. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Camp Beauty Trends at the Met Gala, From Neon Gazes to Ceiling-Bound Hair," 7 May 2019 And so the Apple Card charges into the financial world in which cheery, millennial-baiting websites and apps try to displace the gloomy, buttoned-up mortgage lenders and bankers of old with smile and that Silicon Valley sheen. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Apple Is a Credit Card Company Now," 25 Mar. 2019 Sure, it could be used on its own to give skin a luminous sheen. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Pat McGrath Is About to Launch the Ultimate Foundation System," 12 June 2019 As is often the case with the right in the United States, the extreme version of a narrative is aided by more mainstream figures who give fringe politics a sheen of respectability and bring them to an even wider audience. James Pogue, Harper's magazine, "The Myth of White Genocide," 10 June 2019 Meanwhile, other than being able to dump the ornery DD Bailey and his onerous contract, the deal with the Dodgers has lost its sheen. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Pitching coach Derek Johnson is the Cincinnati Reds' best acquisition," 4 June 2019 Once the paint is applied, it's topped with a wax to give it its unique sheen. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "What Is Chalk Paint?," 29 Mar. 2019 But Curran is more interested in the rot beneath the Kennedy sheen. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Chappaquiddick Is a Damning Portrayal of a Real-Life Tragedy," 4 Apr. 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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