Definition of gloss verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

gloss

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɡlɒs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡlɑːs//
 
, NAmE//ɡlɔːs//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gloss
BrE BrE//ɡlɒs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡlɑːs//
 
, NAmE//ɡlɔːs//
 
he / she / it glosses
BrE BrE//ˈɡlɒsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlɑːsɪz//
 
, NAmE//ˈɡlɔːsɪz//
 
past simple glossed
BrE BrE//ɡlɒst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡlɑːst//
 
, NAmE//ɡlɔːst//
 
past participle glossed
BrE BrE//ɡlɒst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡlɑːst//
 
, NAmE//ɡlɔːst//
 
-ing form glossing
BrE BrE//ˈɡlɒsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlɑːsɪŋ//
 
, NAmE//ˈɡlɔːsɪŋ//
 
Writing and publishing
 
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gloss something (as something) to add a note or comment to a piece of writing to explain a difficult word or idea See related entries: Writing and publishing Word Origin

gloss over something.

mid 16th cent.: of unknown origin. verb mid 16th cent.: alteration of the noun gloze, from Old French glose ‘a gloss, comment’, suggested by medieval Latin glossa ‘explanation of a difficult word’, from Greek glōssa ‘word needing explanation, language, tongue’.
Phrasal Verbsgloss over something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gloss