• IPA: /ˈvɑː(ɹ)nɪʃ/


  1. A type of paint with a solvent that evaporates to leave a hard, transparent, glossy film.
  2. Anything resembling such a paint; glossy appearance.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 12, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
  3. (by extension) A deceptively showy appearance.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene vii]:
      And set a double varnish on the fame / The Frenchman gave you.
  4. (rail, US, informal, dated) a passenger train, probably derived from the varnished passenger cars used at one time.
    • 1959, "Steam's Finest Hour" edited by David P. Morgan, Kalmbach Publishing Co.
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varnish (varnishes, present participle varnishing; past and past participle varnished)

  1. (intransitive) To apply varnish.
  2. (transitive) To cover up with varnish.
  3. (transitive) To gloss over a defect.
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: envernizar
  • Russian: лакирова́ть
  • Spanish: barnizar, lacar
  • Portuguese: envernizar
  • Russian: прикра́шивать

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