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sheen

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adjective \ˈshēn\

Definition of sheen

  1. 1 archaic :  beautiful

  2. 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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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sheen

verb

Definition of sheen

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to be bright :  show a sheen

14th Century

First Known Use of sheen

14th century


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sheen

noun

Definition of sheen

  1. 1a :  a bright or shining condition :  brightnessb :  a subdued glitter approaching but short of optical reflectionc :  a lustrous surface imparted to textiles through finishing processes or use of shiny yarns

  2. 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

1600

First Known Use of sheen

1600

Other Textiles Terms


SHEEN Defined for English Language Learners


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sheen

noun

Definition of sheen for English Language Learners

  • : a soft, smooth, shiny quality


SHEEN Defined for Kids

sheen

play
noun \ˈshēn\

Definition of sheen for Students

  1. :  a bright or shining condition :  luster



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