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Borrowing from Anglo-Norman enamailler, from en- ‎(in-) + amailler ‎(to enamel), variant of Old French esmailler ‎(to enamel), from esmal ‎(enamel), from Frankish *smalt, from Proto-Germanic *smaltjan ‎(to smelt). Compare German schmelzen, Danish smelte ‎(to melt).



enamel ‎(countable and uncountable, plural enamels)

  1. An opaque, glassy coating baked onto metal or ceramic objects.
  2. A coating that dries to a hard, glossy finish.
  3. The hard covering on the exposed part of a tooth.
  4. A cosmetic intended to give the appearance of a smooth and beautiful complexion.


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enamel ‎(third-person singular simple present enamels, present participle (US) enameling or (UK) enamelling, simple past and past participle (US) enameled or (UK) enamelled)

  1. (transitive) To coat or decorate with enamel.
  2. (transitive) To variegate with colours, as if with enamel.
    • Milton
      Oft he [the serpent] bowed / His turret crest and sleek enamelled neck.
  3. (transitive) To form a glossy surface like enamel upon.
    to enamel card paper; to enamel leather or cloth
  4. (transitive) To disguise with cosmetics, as a woman's complexion.


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