• (RP) IPA: /ɡlɒs/
  • (GA) IPA: /ɡlɔs/
  • (cot-caught, Canada) IPA: /ɡlɑs/

gloss (uncountable)

  1. A surface shine or luster/lustre
  2. (figuratively) A superficially or deceptively attractive appearance
    • To me more dear, congenial to my heart, / One native charm than all the gloss of art.
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Danny Welbeck leads England's rout of Moldova but hit by Ukraine ban (in The Guardian, 6 September 2013)
      Hodgson may now have to bring in James Milner on the left and, on that basis, a certain amount of gloss was taken off a night on which Welbeck scored twice but barely celebrated either before leaving the pitch angrily complaining to the Slovakian referee.
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  • Russian: блеск

gloss (glosses, present participle glossing; past and past participle glossed)

  1. (transitive) To give a gloss or sheen to.
  2. (transitive) To make (something) attractive by deception
    • You have the art to gloss the foulest cause.
  3. (intransitive) To become shiny.
  4. (transitive, idiomatic) Used in a phrasal verb: gloss over#English|gloss over (“to cover up a mistake or crime, to treat something with less care than it deserves”).
  • (give a gloss or sheen to) polish, shine
  • (make (something) attractive by deception)
  • (become shiny)
  • German: polieren
  • Russian: наводи́ть гля́нец
  • Russian: наводи́ть лоск
  • Portuguese: brilhar
  • Russian: лосни́ться

gloss (plural glosses)

  1. (countable) A brief explanatory note or translation of a foreign, archaic, technical, difficult, complex, or uncommon expression, inserted after the original, in the margin of a document, or between lines of a text.
    • 1684, Samuel Butler, Hudibras
      All this, without a gloss or comment, / He would unriddle in a moment.
  2. (countable) A glossary; a collection of such notes.
  3. (countable, obsolete) An expression requiring such explanatory treatment.
  4. (countable) An extensive commentary on some text.
  5. (countable) A brief explanation in speech or in a written work, including a synonym used with the intent of indicating the meaning of the word to which it is applied
  6. (countable, legal, US) An interpretation by a court of specific point within a statute or case law
    • 2007 Bruce R. Hopkins. The law of tax-exempt organizations. page 76 ↗
      Judicial Gloss on Test [section title]
    • 1979 American Bar Foundation. Annotated code of professional responsibility. page ix ↗
      This volume is thus not a narrowly defined treatment of the Code of Professional Responsibility but rather represents a "common law" gloss on it.
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gloss (glosses, present participle glossing; past and past participle glossed)

  1. (transitive) To add a gloss to (a text).
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