gloss

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From a Germanic language, perhaps Middle High German, Dutch or Icelandic (compare glossi (a blaze)).

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gloss (countable and uncountable, plural glosses)

  1. (uncountable) A surface shine or luster/lustre
  2. (uncountable, figuratively) A superficially or deceptively attractive appearance
    • Goldsmith
      To me more dear, congenial to my heart, / One native charm than all the gloss of art.
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Danny Welbeck leads England's rout of Moldova but hit by Ukraine ban (in The Guardian, 6 September 2013)[1]
      Hodgson may now have to bring in James Milner on the left and, on that basis, a certain amount of gloss was taken off a night on which Welbeck scored twice but barely celebrated either before leaving the pitch angrily complaining to the Slovakian referee.
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gloss (third-person singular simple present glosses, present participle glossing, simple past and past participle glossed)

  1. (transitive) To give a gloss or sheen to.
  2. (transitive) To make (something) attractive by deception
    • Philips
      You have the art to gloss the foulest cause.
  3. (intransitive) To become shiny.
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  • (give a gloss or sheen to): polish, shine
  • (make (something) attractive by deception):
  • (become shiny):
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From Late Latin glossa (an obsolete or foreign difficult word requiring explanation, later applied to explanation itself), from Ancient Greek γλῶσσα (glōssa, tongue, language, an obsolete or foreign word requiring explanation).

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gloss (plural glosses)

  1. (countable) A foreign, archaic, technical, or other uncommon word requiring explanation.
  2. (countable) A brief explanatory note or translation of a difficult or complex expression, usually inserted in the margin or between lines of a text.
    • Hudibras
      All this, without a gloss or comment, / He would unriddle in a moment.
  3. (countable) A glossary; a collection of such notes.
  4. (countable) An extensive commentary on some text.
  5. (countable) A deliberately misleading explanation.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
  6. (countable) A brief explanation in speech or in a written work, including a synonym used with the intent of indicating the meaning of the word to which it is applied
  7. (countable, law, US) An interpretation by a court of specific point within a statute or case law
    • 2007 Bruce R. Hopkins. The law of tax-exempt organizations. p. 76
      Judicial Gloss on Test [section title]
    • 1979 American Bar Foundation. Annotated code of professional responsibility. p. ix
      This volume is thus not a narrowly defined treatment of the Code of Professional Responsibility but rather represents a "common law" gloss on it.
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gloss (third-person singular simple present glosses, present participle glossing, simple past and past participle glossed)

  1. (transitive) To add a gloss to (a text).
  2. (transitive) To give a deliberately false interpretation of.
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gloss m (uncountable)

  1. lip gloss (cosmetic product)