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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Beyond the ingredient's ability to hold style without weighing down hair, Lamas was impressed by improvements in hair sheen, body, and elasticity. Jessica Ourisman, Good Housekeeping, "What Rice Water Can Do For Your Hair, According to Experts," 5 Aug. 2019 In contrast with creators who polish their vlogs to high sheens, Chamberlain popularized a normcore-adjacent aesthetic. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet," 16 July 2019 Soon after the first notes sounded, the singer threw off her velvet and satin duvet cape to reveal a velvet corset underneath, delicately lined with even more crystals—worn with knee-length black leathery socks to add some modern sheen. Vogue, "Rosalía Doubled Down on Crystal-Adorned Burberry at Her First VMAs," 27 Aug. 2019 But for some of the Futurefön’s backers, these sites’ sheen is long gone. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The crowdfunded phone of the future was a multimillion-dollar scam," 13 Aug. 2019 His mud works its magic just as well on a pigskin, removing the factory sheen without doing anything to muck up the laces. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "Mud Maker: The Man Behind MLB’s Essential Secret Sauce," 7 Aug. 2019 His face is supple and his skin hadn’t taken on the translucent sheen like the others down the hall. Los Angeles Times, "Column One: He’d been kept alive with tubes for nearly 17 years. Who is he, and is it possible he’s conscious?," 1 Aug. 2019 This adhesive option from Akamai fits my 13-inch laptop, and creates a dark sheen for anyone sitting nearby who might be trying to take a peek (although, keep in mind, some of your laptop’s screen will still be visible from the side angle). Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Gear You'll Need to Travel Like a Pro," 25 July 2019 Walls in this style are typically a white, such as Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace in a flat sheen. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Bay Area home style: Say hello to beachy boho, coastal cool," 2 July 2019

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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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