- The definition of gloss is a bright or polished appearance.
An example of gloss is a sheen from shiny lipstick.
- Gloss is defined as to make or become shiny, or to hide.
- An example of gloss is to apply shiny lipstick; gloss the lips.
- An example of gloss is to try to cover up a lie; gloss over the truth.
A car with a high gloss finish.
gloss- definition by Webster's New World
- the brightness or luster of a smooth, polished surface; sheen
- a deceptively smooth or pleasant outward appearance, as in manners or speech
- lip gloss
Origin: probably ; from Scandinavian as in Norwegian dialect, dialectal glosa, to gleam: for Indo-European base see glass
- to give a polished, shiny surface to; make lustrous
Origin: a blend of vt. 1 & glossto smooth over or cover up (an error, inadequacy, fault, etc.); make appear right by specious argument or by minimizing: often with over
- glosser noun
- words of explanation or translation inserted between the lines of a text
- a note of comment or explanation accompanying a text, as in a footnote or margin
- a collection of such notes
- a false or misleading interpretation
Origin: Middle English glose ; from Old French or Midieval Latin glosa, for Classical Latin glossa, foreign or strange word needing explanation ; from Classical Greek glōssa, origin, originally , tongue, language ; from an unverified form glōchia, pointed object ; from glochis, point ; from Indo-European base an unverified form glogh-, thorn, point from source Old Church Slavonic gloge, thorn
- to furnish (a text) with glosses
- to interpret falsely
- glosser noun
gloss- definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A surface shininess or luster.
- A cosmetic that adds shine or luster.
- A superficially or deceptively attractive appearance.
- To give a bright sheen or luster to.
- To make attractive or acceptable by deception or superficial treatment: a resumé that glossed over the applicant's lack of experience. See Synonyms at palliate.
Origin: Perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Icelandic glossi, a spark; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- a. A brief explanatory note or translation of a difficult or technical expression usually inserted in the margin or between lines of a text or manuscript.b. A collection of such notes; a glossary.
- An extensive commentary, often accompanying a text or publication.
- A purposefully misleading interpretation or explanation.
- To provide (an expression or a text) with a gloss or glosses.
- To give a false interpretation to.
Origin: Middle English glose, from Old French, from Medieval Latin glōsa, from Latin glōssa, foreign word requiring explanation, from Greek, tongue, language.
- glossˈer noun
Variant of glosso-
- tongue, tongue and: glossitis
- of words or language: glossolalia
Origin: Modern Latin ; from Classical Greek glōssa: see gloss