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varnish

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EtymologyEdit

Via Middle English from Old French vernis, from Medieval Latin veronix, from Medieval Greek Βερενίκη, Berenice, a town in Cyrenaica.

NounEdit

varnish (plural varnishes)

  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.
    • Macaulay
      the varnish of the holly and ivy
  3. (by extension) A deceptively showy appearance.
    • Shakespeare
      And set a double varnish on the fame / The Frenchman gave you.

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VerbEdit

varnish (third-person singular simple present varnishes, present participle varnishing, simple past and past participle varnished)

  1. (intransitive) To apply varnish.
  2. (transitive) To cover up with varnish.
  3. (transitive) To gloss over a defect.

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from English varnish.

NounEdit

varnish f (genitive varnish, plural varnishyn)

  1. varnish

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