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stain·​less ˈstān-ləs How to pronounce stainless (audio)
: free from stain or stigma
the stainless purity of his boyish life Oscar Wilde
: highly resistant to stain or corrosion
: made from materials resistant to stain
stainless silverware
stainlessly adverb


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: tableware made of stainless steel

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Example Sentences

Adjective nothing less than a perfectly stainless sheet of parchment would do for a diploma
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At a stainless-steel table in another part of the commissary, Juan Ordaz, butcher at Tito’s, cuts fat away from a hunk of beef chuck. Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2022 In one instance, Ortiz was captured placing a single IV bag inside a stainless-steel bag warmer, scanning the hallway, and quickly walking away. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 15 Sep. 2022 Lightweight window glass and a compact lithium-ion battery are included, while a new stainless-steel exhaust system saves 22 pounds over the 991.2 model's pipes. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 13 Sep. 2022 The pink dining room opens up to a charming kitchen which comes complete with stainless appliances, custom cabinetry and an expansive pantry. Giovana Gelhoren,, 10 July 2022 The kitchen at right features granite counters and stainless appliances. Jon Gorey,, 22 June 2022 Units will feature stainless appliances, quartz/granite countertops, tile showers and washer/dryer combo units in-unit. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 May 2022 The dining room leads visitors directly into an open chef's kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and a massive island with bar seating. Tommy Mcardle, Peoplemag, 7 Sep. 2022 For stainless-steel grills less than a year old, consider an oven rack or grill cleaner kit, which has everything needed to clean two grill grates without much scrubbing. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Sep. 2022
Perhaps the most apparent new exterior design cues are the wheels, whose triangular facets are 3-D milled from solid stainless and offered in a polished, paint or chrome finish. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 29 July 2022 Finish can be stainless steel (which continues to be the finish of choice), but many brands are now offering black stainless, matte black, white or bronze tones to add warmth and variety. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 21 June 2022 Speaking of luxury sparklers, the priceless gift of time gets the Hermès treatment in this stainless still Swiss timepiece boasting a mother-of-pearl dial that’s finished with diamonds and an alligator strap. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 June 2022 But truly personalized products, available in finishes that extend beyond stainless or the standard black and white, are now accessible to a cross section of buyers who are defined as mid-tier. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 The move to stainless also has beneficial health effects. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Apr. 2022 For appliance finishes, standard stainless is the overwhelming favorite, with nearly three in four renovating homeowners choosing this option, up by three percentage points from the previous year. oregonlive, 11 Jan. 2022 For an easy-to-clean option with a modern look, Solomon suggests this stainless Joseph Joseph utensil holder ($19.99, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 And stainless steel remains the top choice for appliances, in 70% of new kitchens, followed by black stainless at 10%. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, 22 Jan. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stainless was circa 1586

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“Stainless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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