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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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 main living and dining area has a kitchen at left with Shaker cabinets, stainless appliances, and granite counters. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Homes with treehouses," 5 July 2019 Buy that home this month and Oakwood will landscape your backyard as well as the front, and include a stainless fridge. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "Order a single-family ranch plan in Colorado’s most highly amenitized neighborhood from $370s, or move now at $425,000," 3 July 2019 In a stainless sauté pan, sweat shallots over low heat until translucent, season with salt. 8. National Geographic, "Grilled King Salmon," 2 July 2019 Dramatic black-and-white striped cabinetry gives a bold look to the sleek kitchen, which has a center island, a skylight and stainless appliances. Lauren Beale,, "Marital home of exes Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale is reduced to $25 million," 17 June 2019 Use hot-dipped galvanized or stainless-steel nails and screws when fastening outdoors. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "5 Biggest Woodworking Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 15 Jan. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The sleek kitchen has bar seating and is appointed with stainless-steel appliances. Lauren Beale,, "DJ Aric Christopher parts with his amped-up Venice getaway," 8 July 2019 It is comprised of 168 massive stainless-steel plates and is one of the world’s largest permanent outdoor art installations. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "7 Arrested for Allegedly Vandalizing Chicago's Famous 'Bean' Sculpture," 2 July 2019 In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the stainless-steel blade, combine the almond milk, soy milk powder, agave nectar, coconut extract and vanilla. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Everyone can celebrate July 4 with gluten-free, vegan cupcakes," 26 June 2019 At the heart of the home is an open kitchen with white cabinetry, marble counters, subway tile, stainless-steel appliances, a built-in breakfast nook, a wine refrigerator and two beer taps. Lauren Beale,, "Actor Josh Hopkins is on the trail of a home buyer in Sherman Oaks," 24 June 2019 Transfer the powder to a stainless-steel saucepan and set aside. Amber Turpin, The Mercury News, "Make your own Sichuan chili oil with tips from an SF Chinatown chef," 22 June 2019 In a corner of what is essentially an ice cream parlor, students sit down to learn about gelato while behind them, an arching, stainless-steel counter holds a veritable world of flavors, and a busy kitchen makes even more. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "How to Get a Degree in Gelato," 22 June 2019 There’s the stainless-steel straw, the compostable straw, and even a reusable plastic straw. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, "How To Cut Down On Single-Use Plastics Before They're Banned," 18 June 2019 All Moraknivs are made in Mora, Sweden, and feature steel blades, either stainless, carbon, or laminated, and rounded, oversized plastic handles. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "The $30 Morakniv Eldris Cuts Like a $150 Knife," 26 Apr. 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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