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archaic : beautiful
archaic : shining, resplendent


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sheened; sheening; sheens

intransitive verb

: to be bright : show a sheen


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

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
Prime tile using a bonding primer, then coat floors with a flat-sheen base color. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Aug. 2022 The impact resistant lenses can stand up to wildest show with UV protection and polarized lenses to further protect your peepers, and the ultra-sheen design, available in 5 colors, is guaranteed to steal the spotlight. Brandon Schultz, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 Note that flat-sheen paint works best to replicate the look of unglazed encaustic or cement tile. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Aug. 2021 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
Remove weights and parchment paper, and bake until crust has lost its raw dough sheen, 5 to 7 minutes. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 22 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, the skin at Dion Lee was near phosphorescent, the silvery sheen something akin to an ethereal angel or a straight-up cyborg. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 24 Oct. 2023 The latter was already buffed to a brilliant R&B sheen thanks to production and songwriting contributions from Babyface, the Rascals, and BLK. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 25 May 2023 Professor:Oily sheen on East Palestine creek behaving like vinyl chloride So far, Ohio EPA says its tests have not detected vinyl chloride in waterways. Anna Staver, The Enquirer, 24 Feb. 2023 Boaters off Orange County and residents of Newport Beach started reporting a petroleum smell in the air and oily sheen on the water Friday afternoon, Oct. 1. Christopher Weber, ajc, 8 Oct. 2021 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
In a nice design touch, the ULT button and the Sony logos sport a holographic, multicolor sheen. PCMAG, 11 Apr. 2024 Crews placed 2,400 feet of containment boom around the ship to stop a sheen from spreading into the water, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Kimberly Reaves. Christopher Cann, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2024 Some of the hazmat containers were breached, and a sheen was identified in the water that will be dealt with by the authorities. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 28 Mar. 2024 But in what seems like a blink of an eye, Apple’s sheen is starting to fade. Jeran Wittenstein, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2024 One of the hazardous materials on board included sheen, which is used in paint, that has leaked into the Patapsco River. Kelsey Kushner, CBS News, 27 Mar. 2024 Coat Appearance: After combing the product through my cat’s medium-long hair, her coat had a glossy sheen that looked healthy and smooth. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 Coast Guard officials have not determined what caused an oil sheen that appeared off Huntington Beach last week, officials said Monday afternoon. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2024 Just changing the reflective sheen alone might fool cameras. Jim Radcliffe, Orange County Register, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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

Time Traveler
The first known use of sheen was before the 12th century

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“Sheen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a bright or shining condition
the sheen of satin

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