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Definition of "gloss" []

  • A surface shininess or luster. (noun)
  • A cosmetic that adds shine or luster. (noun)
  • A superficially or deceptively attractive appearance. (noun)
  • To give a bright sheen or luster to. (verb-transitive)
  • 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. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gloss" in a sentence
  • "But the term gloss is also given to the ensemble of such notes in any entire collection, e.g. the Gloss of the"
  • "Finally the term gloss designates a word or a remark, perhaps intended at first as an explanation of the text of"
  • "The album's gloss is stripped away in concert, so Mr. Stephens becomes a nice match for the headliners."