From Middle English shene, schene, from Old English sċīene (“beautiful, fair, bright, brilliant, light”), from Proto-Germanic *skauniz (“beautiful”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewh₁-. Cognate with Scots schene, scheine (“beautiful, fair, attractive”), Saterland Frisian skeen (“clean, pure”), West Frisian skjin (“nice, clean”), Dutch schoon (“clean, beautiful, fair”), German schön (“beautiful”), Danish skøn (“beautiful”), Swedish skön (“beautiful, fine”). Compare also the loanword Finnish kaunis (“beautiful”). See also English show.
- (rare, poetic) Beautiful, good-looking, attractive; radiant; shiny.
- 1814, Walter Scott, Waverley:
- Where the fountains glisten sheenest […] (ch. 12).
- Up rose each warrier bold and brave, / Glistening in filed steel and armor sheen.
- Splendor; radiance; shininess.
- A thin layer of a substance (such as oil) spread on a solid or liquid surface.
- oil sheen
- 2017, Jeffrey Miller, Ann Powers, Introduction to Environmental Law: Cases and Materials on Water Pollution Control, West Academic (→ISBN)
- Take the floating scum or oil sheen prohibitions. A discharger or an inspector simply can look to see if scum, or an oil sheen, is coming from a particular discharge. Assume an oil sheen begins at a discharge—is the sheen caused by that […]
- (rare, intransitive, poetic) To shine; to glisten.
- This town,
That, sheening far, celestial seems to be.
sheen (plural sheens)