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



    BrE BrE//ˈpɒlɪʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːlɪʃ//
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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 French polish, nail polish
  2. 2  [singular] an act of polishing something I give it a polish now and again. You’ll need to give your shoes a good polish.
  3. 3[singular] the shiny appearance of something after it has been polished synonym lustre, sheen
  4. 4[uncountable] a high quality of performance achieved with great skill synonym brilliance She played the cello with the polish of a much older musician.
  5. 5[uncountable] high standards of behaviour; being polite synonym refinement She thought that her husband’s family lacked polish.
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French poliss-, lengthened stem of polir ‘to polish’, from Latin polire.Idioms (informal) thorough cleaning and polishing of something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: polish