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|Origin:||Probably from a Scandinavian language.|
|Origin:||glose, from Latin glossa 'unusual word that needs explaining', from Greek, 'tongue, language, unusual word'|
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.
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.
a note in a piece of writing that explains a difficult word, phrase, or idea
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.
a surface or photograph that has been made shiny
6 also gloss paint [uncountable]
paint that looks shiny after it dries