stain·less | \ˈstān-ləs \

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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Other Words from stainless


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 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 The updated kitchen has butcher block counters and stainless appliances, with sliders out to another deck in back. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Homes built centuries apart in Upton," 22 June 2018 At his flagship restaurant in downtown Hartford, three giant overhead fans spun lazily as the sound system played rowdy blues, and a trio of colossal, stainless-steel Cookshack smokers glimmered in the kitchen. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Talking With The Bear: Jamie McDonald Of Bear's Smokehouse," 21 June 2018 The open, circular layout features a bright living room with gas fireplace, a dining room that opens to a composite deck, and a stylish kitchen with stone counters, island, and stainless appliances. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Homes near golf courses, in Lakeville and Quincy," 8 June 2018 Kitchens also have GE Profile stainless appliances and granite counters. Mary Murphy,, "Property of the Week: Essex Glen," 6 June 2018 Big dogs, little dogs and even stainless-steel dogs will be on display for canine lovers at the Sienna Plantation Canine Carnival and Doggone Fun Run and Walk, 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Sienna Plantation lets the dogs out April 14," 11 Apr. 2018 An 8-foot-tall, stainless-steel skull, designed by Vince Tatum, will be embedded with limestone to attract corals. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Brush up on Your Scuba Certification—This Florida Museum Is Entirely Underwater," 22 May 2018 The new kitchen has stone counters, stainless appliances, and a smart looking backsplash along with a breakfast island and pantry. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Bungalows in Needham and Weston," 18 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The inherent contradictions of Los Angeles are neatly embodied at Helios House, a futuristic stainless-steel structure on Olympic Boulevard powered by solar panels and that incorporates such sustainable materials as recycled glass. Matt Jaffe,, "Green travel in (gasp!) Los Angeles is easier than you think," 19 June 2018 The home’s main staircase has a banister made of sharply swirling steel, and even the kitchen has a somewhat industrial quality, with a stainless-steel island countertop. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Severe Spanish Villa for Easy Outdoor Living," 6 June 2018 Everything is served on stainless-steel platters and cups. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appetit, "The Unshakeable Indian Restaurant I’ll Go Out of My Way to Visit," 6 June 2018 The kitchen pairs period cabinetry with a stainless-steel island to enhance the modernist feel. Jack Flemming,, "Actress Rooney Mara cleans up in sale of Los Feliz home," 5 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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