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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English vernisch, from Old French vernis, from Medieval Latin vernix, veronix, from Byzantine Greek Βερενίκη (Bereníkē, Berenice), a town in Cyrenaica.

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NounEdit

varnish (countable and uncountable, 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.
  4. (rail transport, 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.
      Every transcontinental but two settled on the simple articulated for freight service, and all of them coupled their varnish to the 4-8-4.

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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

Borrowed from English varnish.

NounEdit

varnish f (genitive singular varnish, plural varnishyn)

  1. varnish

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