Etymology 1 Edit
Middle English , from enamel Anglo-Norman , from enamailler en- ( “ in- ” ) + amailler ( “ to enamel ” ), variant of Old French esmailler ( “ to enamel ” ), from esmal ( “ enamel ” ), from Frankish *smalt, from Proto-Germanic *smaltjan ( “ to smelt ” ). Compare German , schmelzen Danish smelte ( “ to melt ” ).
enamel ( , countable and uncountable plural ) enamels An
opaque, glassy coating baked onto metal or ceramic objects. A coating that
dries to a hard, glossy finish. The hard covering on the
exposed part of a tooth. A
cosmetic intended to give the appearance of a smooth and beautiful complexion.
coating that dries to a hard, glossy finish
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Etymology 2 Edit
Middle English , from the noun (see above). enamelen
enamel ( third-person singular simple present , enamels present participle ( US ) enameling or ( UK ) , enamelling simple past and past participle ( US ) enameled or ( UK ) ) enamelled
( transitive ) To coat or decorate with enamel.
( transitive ) To variegate with colours, as if with enamel.
Oft he [the serpent] bowed / His turret crest and sleek
( transitive ) To form a glossy surface like enamel upon.
to enamel card paper; to enamel leather or cloth
( transitive ) To disguise with cosmetics, as a woman's complexion.
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