sheen

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English shene, schene, from Old English sċīene (beautiful, fair, bright, brilliant, light), from Proto-Germanic *skauniz (beautiful), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ḱown- (quick, dashing, beautiful). 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). Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian hir (grace, blessing, goodwill), Finnish kaunis (beautiful)

Adjective[edit]

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sheen (comparative more sheen, superlative most sheen)

  1. (rare, poetic) beautiful, good-looking, attractive; radiant; shiny.
    • Fairfax
      Up rose each warrier bold and brave, / Glistening in filed steel and armor sheen.

Noun[edit]

sheen (plural sheens)

  1. splendor; radiance; shininess.
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Verb[edit]

sheen (third-person singular simple present sheens, present participle sheening, simple past and past participle sheened)

  1. To shine; to glisten.
    • Byron
      This town, / That, sheening far, celestial seems to be.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

sheen (plural sheens)

  1. The letter ش in the Arabic script.