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

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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: Noun The rosy sheen that Trump, Kudlow, and other White House officials have tried to express about the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak has now collided with reality: The coronavirus is spreading, quickly, to more countries. Author: Jeff Stein, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "White House struggles to contain public alarm over coronavirus," 26 Feb. 2020 The rosy sheen that Trump, Kudlow, and other White House officials have tried to express about the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak has now collided with reality: the coronavirus is spreading, quickly, to more countries. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "White House struggles to contain public alarm over coronavirus despite panic," 25 Feb. 2020 Oh painted both hands with nail polishes from Christian Louboutin Beauty, including a royal blue (Baraboum) for the Starry Night sky and a shimmery tan (Goldissima) for the starry sheen. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "Cynthia Erivo’s Oscars Nails Tell An Important Story," 11 Feb. 2020 Plus, the chemical reaction between oxygen and copper (oxidation) can cause the shiny, reddish-brown sheen of your cookware to turn black. Katherine Martinelli, Popular Science, "The key to cleaning copper cookware is probably in your fridge," 24 Jan. 2020 With just a hint of a dewy (nongreasy) sheen to it, my newfound radiance has caught the attention of all my friends: Just about everyone is asking me about my skin-care routine. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "I Get Asked to ‘Drop the Skin-Care Routine’ Whenever I Wear This Foundation," 30 Jan. 2020 There's a hint of Red 27 in the Watermelon Glow Lip Pop formula so that light-pink sheen looks just a little bit different from person to person. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Glow Recipe Just Revealed Its First-Ever Lip Product, and We've Got the Exclusive Details," 24 Jan. 2020 New Hampshire Dover: The City Hall clock tower, which officials say has lost its sheen and is sorely in need of a significant cosmetic overhaul, will be getting a full facelift ahead of the city’s 400th birthday celebration in 2023. USA TODAY, "Butter Gritty, radish stink, goatnapping: News from around our 50 states," 3 Jan. 2020 But dip even the most blood-befouled corset in a tub of warm water and swish, swish, swish — Lucy’s lace nightgown, or a doctor’s lab coat — is restored to its original snowy sheen. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "How does Baltimore’s ’Dracula’ get so gruesome? Meet the people behind the stage show’s blood and gore," 24 Oct. 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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The first known use of sheen was before the 12th century

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“Sheen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheen. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for sheen

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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