stain·​less | \ ˈstān-ləs How to pronounce stainless (audio) \

Definition of stainless

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : free from stain or stigma the stainless purity of his boyish life— Oscar Wilde
2a : highly resistant to stain or corrosion
b : made from materials resistant to stain stainless silverware



Definition of stainless (Entry 2 of 2)

: tableware made of stainless steel

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stainlessly adverb

Examples of stainless in a Sentence


nothing less than a perfectly stainless sheet of parchment would do for a diploma

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The trend is toward sleek designs with stainless finishes, like Weber's Summit gas grills or the Fuego, which features a slim rectangular shape without a hood. John Loecke, ELLE Decor, "Shopping Guide: Outdoor Grills," 3 Apr. 2010 Try some colorful twisty straws ($6) or some elegant, sleek-looking stainless steal ones ($25). Sally Tamarkin, SELF, "22 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day," 3 Jan. 2019 The Compass Kitchen Island from West Elm and Stenstorp kitchen island from Ikea are particularly small-space friendly, as are movable stainless tables on wheels. Jennifer Baum Lagdameo, Curbed, "So you want a kitchen island?," 30 July 2018 The Elkay brand recently rolled out stainless farmhouse sinks with interchangeable apron fronts in several colors. Jura Koncius, The Seattle Times, "Sick of all-white kitchens? Here are six ways to spice things up," 16 Oct. 2018 The spirit is re-distilled in stainless tanks, coming off at 160 proof and then proofed down to 86 percent with filtered water from the farm, now trucked to Weld’s new distillery, about five miles away, before being bottled and labeled. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Mysteries of Gin Revealed," 10 Aug. 2018 Faucets Your choice of faucet finish used to be stainless, nickel, chrome or bronze. Jura Koncius, The Seattle Times, "Sick of all-white kitchens? Here are six ways to spice things up," 16 Oct. 2018 Slap on some paint, add stainless appliances, add granite. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "The Unreality of Reality TV Home Shows," 6 Sep. 2018 The open kitchen has stainless appliances and stone counters, and the dining room features built-in cabinetry; sliders lead to a good-sized deck and lush, landscaped backyard. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Homes with air conditioning in every room," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kitchen company Great Jones launched Nov. 8 with four stainless-steel pieces and a Dutch oven, named the Dutchess, in five strategic hues. Allison Duncan, WSJ, "How the Design Biz Is Courting Millennials," 16 Nov. 2018 Looks aside, the wares incorporate some clever design gestures: The stainless-steel pieces all nest, four of the pieces share two lids, and the interiors are rivetless to prevent food from getting stuck. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Say hello to the world’s most Instagrammable Dutch oven," 8 Nov. 2018 Geometric wall art and stainless-steel doors enhance the home’s modern vibe. Neal J. Leitereg, The Seattle Times, "‘The Notebook’ director is ready to turn the page," 28 Aug. 2018 The free summer installation, open through September 3, showcases 1,500 mirrored stainless-steel spheres in a former train garage. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to See Yayoi Kusama's Art Across the U.S.," 27 July 2018 Inside, the gourmet kitchen boasts a granite island and counters, and high-end stainless-steel appliances. Shannon Rooney,, "Shore Envy: Seaside getaways in Ocean City, N.J.," 9 July 2018 The stainless-steel plate can display up to four lines of text and hangs comfortably from an 18-inch chain. Julie Brown, Outside Online, "The Gear You Need to Stay Safe on a Road Bike," 5 July 2018 The kitchen includes expansive windows, 11-foot ceilings, and an oversized island with a breakfast bar and a five-burner cooktop that is a part of the Bosch stainless-steel appliance package. Lisa Zapalac, Houston Chronicle, "Ashlar Commons offers rooftop terraces, luxury appointments, location," 1 July 2018 In a stainless-steel pot, combine the wine, water, bay leaves, lemon, garlic, thyme and salt. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "After an epic ecological comeback, the local, versatile rockfish has become a restaurant rock star," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of stainless


circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stainless was circa 1586

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to boil down or concentrate

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