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Sheen

[sheen] /ʃin/
noun
1.
Fulton (John) 1895–1979, U.S. Roman Catholic clergyman, writer, and teacher.
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British Dictionary definitions for fulton j sheen

sheen

/ʃiːn/
noun
1.
a gleaming or glistening brightness; lustre
2.
(poetic) splendid clothing
adjective
3.
(rare) shining and beautiful; radiant
Derived Forms
sheeny, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sciene; related to Old Norse skjōni white horse, Gothic skauns beautiful, Old High German scōni bright
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Word Origin and History for fulton j sheen

sheen

n.

"shining, brightness," 1602 (first attested in "Hamlet" iii.2), noun use of adjective sheene "beautiful, bright," from Old English scene, sciene "beautiful; bright, brilliant," from Proto-Germanic *skauniz "conspicuous" (cf. Old Frisian skene, Middle Dutch scone, Dutch schoon, Old High German skoni, German schön "fair, beautiful;" Gothic skaunja "beautiful"), from PIE root *skeue- "to pay attention, perceive" (see caveat). Meaning "film of oil on water" is from 1970.

As an adjective now only in poetic or archaic use, but in Middle English used after a woman's name, or as a noun, "fair one, beautiful woman."

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