varnish

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French vernis, from Latin origin.

Noun[edit]

varnish (plural varnishes)

  1. A type of paint with a solvent that evaporates to leave a hard, transparent, glossy film.
  2. Anything resembling such a paint; glossy appearance.
    • Macaulay
      the varnish of the holly and ivy
  3. (by extension) A deceptively showy appearance.
    • Shakespeare
      And set a double varnish on the fame / The Frenchman gave you.

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Verb[edit]

varnish (third-person singular simple present varnishes, present participle varnishing, simple past and past participle varnished)

  1. (intransitive) To apply varnish.
  2. (transitive) To cover up with varnish.
  3. (transitive) To gloss over a defect.

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Manx[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English varnish.

Noun[edit]

varnish f (genitive varnish, plural varnishyn)

  1. varnish

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