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sheen

[sheen] /ʃin/
noun
1.
luster; brightness; radiance.
2.
gleaming attire.
adjective
3.
4.
verb (used without object)
5.
Scot. and North England. to shine.
Origin
900
before 900; (adj.) Middle English sheene beautiful, bright, shining, Old English scēne; cognate with German schön; (v.) Middle English s(c)henen, derivative of the adj.; (noun) derivative of the adj.
Related forms
sheenful, adjective
sheenless, adjective
sheenly, adverb
Synonyms
1. See polish.

Sheen

[sheen] /ʃin/
noun
1.
Fulton (John) 1895–1979, U.S. Roman Catholic clergyman, writer, and teacher.
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Examples from the web for sheen
  • Sometimes it takes the sheen of a consultant for the ideas to sink in.
  • In the bottom-of-the-sea sheen of the forest, the skin looks insubstantial.
  • But it's entirely possible that terns could be exposed to an oily sheen as they dive for fish.
  • At night, soft candlelight or twinkling string lights make the walls glow with a satiny sheen.
  • Spiders in this group are known for the golden sheen of their silk.
  • His back bore the sheen of sweat as he chipped away for nearly an hour.
  • It will lend a sheen of cool to the company's products and should improve the brand's visibility among a younger set of consumers.
  • By establishing think tanks, conservatism could acquire the same sheen of detachment.
  • It is a collection of guitar-driven hits with a slick, commercial sheen.
  • True, as the sheen of welfare-cushioned achievement has worn off, ordinary life looks less rosy.
British Dictionary definitions for 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 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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