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sheen

adjective \ ˈshēn \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of sheen

1 archaic : beautiful
2 archaic : shining, resplendent

Origin and Etymology of sheen

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


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sheen

verb

Definition of sheen

intransitive verb
: to be bright : show a sheen

First Known Use of sheen

14th century


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sheen

noun

Definition of sheen

1 a : 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

sheeny

play \ˈshē-nē\ adjective

Examples of sheen in a Sentence

  1. Her hair has a sheen to it.

  2. polished the metal until it had an even sheen

Recent Examples of sheen from the Web

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First Known Use of sheen

1600

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SHEEN Defined for English Language Learners

sheen

noun

Definition of sheen for English Language Learners

  • : a soft, smooth, shiny quality


SHEEN Defined for Kids

sheen

noun \ ˈshēn \

Definition of sheen for Students

: a bright or shining condition : luster


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