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Topic: NEWSPAPERS, PUBLISHING

Sense: 1-2, 5-6
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language.
Sense: 3-4
Date: 1500-1600
Language: Old French
Origin: glose, from Latin glossa 'unusual word that needs explaining', from Greek, 'tongue, language, unusual word'

gloss

1 noun
     
gloss1
1 [singular,uncountable] a bright shine on a surface:
This gel will add gloss to even the dullest hair.
polish/shine to a high gloss
The silverware had been polished to a high gloss.
2 [singular,uncountable] an attractive appearance on the surface of something that may hide something less pleasant:
Beneath the gloss of success was a tragic private life.
The injury to Keane took the gloss off Manchester United's victory.
3 [countable]TCN a note in a piece of writing that explains a difficult word, phrase, or idea
4 [singular] a description or explanation that makes something seem more attractive or acceptable than it really is:
The minister was accused of putting a gloss on the government's poor performance.
5

gloss finish/print

TCP a surface or photograph that has been made shiny
6 also gloss paint [uncountable] paint that looks shiny after it dries
[↪ matt]
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