\ ˈshēn How to pronounce sheen (audio) \

Definition of sheen

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 archaic : beautiful
2 archaic : shining, resplendent


sheened; sheening; sheens

Definition of sheen (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to be bright : show a sheen



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

Other Words from sheen


sheeny \ ˈshē-​nē How to pronounce sheen (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for sheen

Synonyms: Noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Keith’s rendition of this Red Dirt hit bypasses LaRue’s defiant sensibilities or even Hosty’s sparse percussion and meaty guitar lines, for a more typical contemporary, radio-friendly sheen. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 3 June 2022 Then road riding seemed to lose some of its unctuous, depilated sheen. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, 2 June 2022 The painting itself is certainly distinctive: The sumptuous fabric of the children’s dress, with its bright sheen and rich colors, serves as a stark contrast to their understated facial expressions. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2022 The moon will glow a scarlet color during this year's first total lunar eclipse on Sunday -- a stark contrast to its ordinarily milky white sheen. Megan Marples And Ashley Strickland, CNN, 13 May 2022 Turning from music videos and concert films to tell this true story in his first narrative feature, Rebane has created an old-school melodrama that aims for a Sirkian sheen, its visuals sumptuous and its clinches glossily, tastefully steamy. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2022 Pine, for all his aging-glamour-boy indie-hair-band sheen, is an actor who would have done fine in the ’70s. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 6 Apr. 2022 An outstanding scrub takes care of dirt, bacteria, and clogged pores in one fell swoop—no need to worry about acne or that oily sheen anymore. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 As for that sheen spray that the actor couldn't get enough of? Elle Turner, Glamour, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sheen


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

History and Etymology for sheen


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

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: a bright or shining condition : luster

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