- brightness; shininess; luster
- bright or shining attire
Origin of sheen; from sheenthe
Origin of sheenME schene < OE sciene, beautiful, splendid, akin to Ger schön (< IE base *(s)keu-, to observe, heed > hear): sense infl. by assoc. with shine
- Glistening brightness; luster: the sheen of old satin in candlelight.
- Splendid attire.
- A glossy surface given to textiles.
Origin of sheenFrom Middle English shene, beautiful, from Old English scīene.
(comparative more sheen, superlative most sheen)
(third-person singular simple present sheens, present participle sheening, simple past and past participle sheened)
From Middle English shene, from Old English scīene (“beautiful, fair, bright, brilliant, light”), from Proto-Germanic *skauniz (“beautiful”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ḱoun- (“quick, dashing, beautiful”). Cognate with Scots schene, scheine (“beautiful, fair, attractive”), Dutch schoon (“clean, beautiful, fair”), German schön (“beautiful”), Danish skøn (“beautiful”), Swedish skön (“beautiful, fine”). Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian hir (“grace, blessing, goodwill”), Finnish kaunis (“beautiful”)
- The letter ش in the Arabic script.