Gloss - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡlɑːs|  American pronunciation of the word gloss
Brit.  |ɡlɒs|  British pronunciation of the word gloss


- an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text (syn: rubric)
- an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field (syn: glossary)
- the property of being smooth and shiny (syn: burnish, glossiness, polish)
- an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading (syn: color, colour, semblance)
he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction


- give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing
- provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases (syn: annotate, comment)
- provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase
- give a deceptive explanation or excuse for (syn: color, colour)

Extra examples

His friends gloss over his foible, by calling him an agreeable novelist.

This gel will add gloss to even the dullest hair.

The silverware had been polished to a high gloss.

Beneath the gloss of success was a tragic private life.

The injury to Keane took the gloss off Manchester United's victory.

The minister was accused of putting a gloss on the government's poor performance.

Use a red gloss on your bottom lip to give it fullness.

The new paints are available in gloss and satin finishes.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: gloss
he/she/it: glosses
present participle: glossing
past tense: glossed
past participle: glossed
singular: gloss
plural: glosses
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