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



    BrE BrE//ɡlɒs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡlɑːs//
    , NAmE//ɡlɔːs//
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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 matt finish. Use over your favourite lipstick to add extra gloss.
  2. 2[uncountable] (often in compounds) a substance designed to make something shiny lip gloss
  3. 3(also gloss paint) [uncountable] paint which, when dry, has a hard shiny surface two coats of gloss
  4. 4[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 has taken the gloss off the occasion.
  5. 5[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.
  6. 6[countable] gloss (on something) a note or comment added to a piece of writing to explain a difficult word or phrase
  7. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 5 mid 16th cent.: of unknown origin. noun sense 6 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’.Extra examples We used a gel to add gloss to her hair. Your hair has lost its natural gloss. furniture with a dark gloss finish
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gloss