American English

Definition of polish noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a substance used when rubbing a surface to make it smooth and shiny furniture/floor/shoe/silver polish wax polish see also nail polish
  2. 2[singular] an act of polishing something I give it a polish now and again.
  3. 3[singular] the shiny appearance of something after it has been polished synonym luster, sheen
  4. 4[uncountable] a high quality of performance achieved with great skill She played the cello with the polish of a much older musician.
  5. 5[uncountable] high standards of behavior; being polite synonym refinement She thought that her husband's family lacked polish.
  6. Idioms
    spit and polish (informal)
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    thorough cleaning and polishing of something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: polish