Definition of tarnish noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtɑːnɪʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrnɪʃ//
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[singular, uncountable] a thin layer on the surface of a metal that makes it look dull and not bright Word Originlate Middle English (as a verb): from French terniss-, lengthened stem of ternir, from terne ‘dark, dull’.
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