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Definition of gloss noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ɡlɑs//
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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] a shine on a smooth surface paper with a high gloss on one side The gel gives your hair a gloss. You can have the photos with either a gloss or a matte finish. Use over your favorite lipstick to add extra gloss.
  2. 2[uncountable] (often in compounds) a substance designed to make something shiny lip gloss
  3. 3[uncountable, singular] an attractive appearance that is only on the surface and hides what is not so attractive Beneath the gloss of success was a tragic private life. This scandal took the gloss off the occasion.
  4. 4[countable] gloss (on something) a way of explaining something to make it seem more attractive or acceptable The director puts a Hollywood gloss on the civil war.
  5. 5[countable] gloss (on something) a note or comment added to a piece of writing to explain a difficult word or phrase
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: gloss