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varnish

noun var·nish \ ˈvär-nish \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of varnish

1 a :a liquid preparation that when applied to a surface dries to form a hard lustrous typically transparent coating
b :the covering or glaze given by the application of varnish
c (1) :something that suggests varnish by its gloss
(2) :a coating (as of deposits in an internal combustion engine) comparable to varnish
2 :outside show :1gloss
3 chiefly British :a liquid nail polish

varnishy

play \ˈvär-ni-shē\ adjective

Examples of varnish in a Sentence

  1. She accidentally scratched the varnish.

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Origin and Etymology of varnish

Middle English vernyz, vernich, vernisch "dissolved resin used as a decorative or protective coating," borrowed from Anglo-French vernis (continental Old French verniz), borrowed from Medieval Latin veronix, vernix "resin," earlier "amber," restructured from Middle Greek berōnikón, beroníkē "yellow- or amber-colored glass, amber," probably going back to Greek bereníkion "natron, reddish- or yellowish-hued natron (used in making glass)," of uncertain origin
Note: The Greek word for "natron" has no evident connection with the city name Bereníkē in ancient Cyrenaica nor any of the other toponyms based on the female given name Bereníkē borne by various Macedonian queens and princesses of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt.


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varnish

verb

Definition of varnish

transitive verb
1 :to apply varnish to
2 :to cover or conceal (something, such as something unpleasant) with something that gives an attractive appearance :2gloss

varnisher

play \ˈvär-ni-shər\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of varnish

Middle English vernysshen, borrowed from Medieval French vernicier and Medieval Latin vernizāre, both derivative of Old French verniz 1varnish



VARNISH Defined for English Language Learners

varnish

noun

Definition of varnish for English Language Learners

  • : a liquid that is spread on a surface and that dries to form a hard, shiny coating

  • : the hard, shiny coating that is produced by varnish


varnish

verb

Definition of varnish for English Language Learners

  • : to cover (something) with varnish


VARNISH Defined for Kids

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varnish

noun var·nish \ ˈvär-nish \

Definition of varnish for Students

:a liquid that is spread on a surface and dries into a hard coating

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varnish

verb

Definition of varnish for Students

varnished; varnishing
:to cover with or as if with a liquid that dries into a hard coating

Medical Dictionary

varnish

noun var·nish \ ˈvär-nish \

medical Definition of varnish

:any of various liquid preparations that when spread and allowed to dry on a surface form a hard lustrous typically transparent coating and that include some used in dentistry to line deep cavities in order to protect the pulp of a tooth

varnish

transitive verb


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