stained glass


: glass colored or stained (as by fusing metallic oxides into it) for decorative applications (as in windows)

Examples of stained glass in a Sentence

a cathedral with beautiful stained glass windows
Recent Examples on the Web On entrance, look up — light plays beautifully through the stained glass windows, casting shadows that rest peacefully around the stone arches. Stacey Wreathall and Dafydd Gwyon, Travel + Leisure, 15 May 2024 In the Library Suite, a staircase secreted behind the 19th-century needlepoint screen that serves as a headboard leads to a mezzanine library with a stained glass rose window, while a side room has a cozy corner by a fireplace ideal for curling up with some treasure from the bookshelves. Lila Harron Battis, Travel + Leisure, 22 Apr. 2024 The stained glass gives the air a gold haze in the nave of Knoxville’s former First Christian Church, the century-old site of André 3000’s woodwind seance on the closing afternoon of Big Ears ‘24. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 4 Apr. 2024 The whole ceiling was painted and there was so much stained glass everywhere. Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 1 Apr. 2024 Tucked up into the eaves on the third floor are several bonus rooms, one with a couple of small stained glass windows. Mark David, Robb Report, 22 Mar. 2024 Shelton's picture showed faux stone walls and stained glass as part of the room's decor. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2024 Murals, steel sculptures, and stained glass bring color to a walkable downtown that’s popular for shopping, dining, and frequent street festivals. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 6 Mar. 2024 The windows do away with the plaintive or supplicating figures more common to Christian stained glass. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stained glass was in 1791

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“Stained glass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

stained glass

: glass colored or stained for use in windows

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