Stain - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |steɪn|  American pronunciation of the word stain
Brit.  |steɪn|  British pronunciation of the word stain


- a soiled or discolored appearance (syn: discoloration, discolouration)
the wine left a dark stain
- (microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible
- the state of being covered with unclean things (syn: dirt, filth, grease, grime, soil)
- a symbol of disgrace or infamy (syn: brand, mark, stigma)
- an act that brings discredit to the person who does it (syn: blot, smear, smirch, spot)


- color with a liquid dye or tint
people knew how to stain glass a beautiful blue in the middle ages
- produce or leave stains
Red wine stains the table cloth
- make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically (syn: defile, maculate, sully, tarnish)
- color for microscopic study

Extra examples

The red wine stained the carpet.

He stained the wood a dark cherry color.

The accusations stained his reputation.

There's a juice stain on the floor.

She has a stain on her shirt.

Will those grass stains wash out?

Her hands were stained with blood.

He has stained the good honour of his family with the guilt of his crime.

Be careful you don't stain the carpet.

This tablecloth stains very easily.

Her fingers were stained yellow from years of smoking.

We've decided to stain the shelves blue.

There was a dark red stain on the carpet.

White vinegar is great for removing stains.

How do you get wine stains out of a tablecloth?

Word forms

I/you/we/they: stain
he/she/it: stains
present participle: staining
past tense: stained
past participle: stained
singular: stain
plural: stains
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