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



BrE BrE//ˈvɑːnɪʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɑːrnɪʃ//
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[uncountable, countable] a liquid that is painted onto wood, metal, etc. and that forms a hard shiny transparent surface when it is dry I’ll give the shelves a coat of varnish. see also nail varnish Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French vernis, from medieval Latin veronix ‘fragrant resin’ or medieval Greek berenikē, probably from Berenice, a town in Cyrenaica, a region of NE Libya.Extra examples The painting was obscured by discoloured/​discolored varnish and a heavy layer of grime. The table needed two coats of varnish. You need a good quality varnish to protect the timber.
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