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See also: glāze and glāzē



Etymology 1[edit]

First attested in 1784 in reference to ice. From the verb, but also influenced by French glace(ice, frosting) and glaçure(glaze).


glaze (plural glazes)

  1. (ceramics) The vitreous coating of pottery or porcelain; anything used as a coating or color in glazing. See glaze (transitive verb).
  2. A transparent or semi-transparent layer of paint.
  3. An edible coating applied to food.
  4. (meteorology) A smooth coating of ice formed on objects due to the freezing of rain; glaze ice
  5. Broth reduced by boiling to a gelatinous paste, and spread thinly over braised dishes.
  6. A glazing oven. See glost oven.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English glasen ("to fit with glass"). Either a continuation of an unattested Old English weak verb *glæsan, or coined in Middle English as a compound of glas and -en (standard infinitive suffix). Probably influenced in Modern English by glazen.


glaze (third-person singular simple present glazes, present participle glazing, simple past and past participle glazed)

  1. (transitive) To install windows.
  2. (transitive, ceramics, painting) To apply a thin, transparent layer of coating.
  3. (intransitive) To become glazed or glassy.
  4. (intransitive) For eyes to take on an uninterested appearance.


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  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of glazen