Meaning of “gloss” in the English Dictionary

"gloss" in British English

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glossnoun

uk /ɡlɒs/ us /ɡlɑːs/

gloss noun (APPEARANCE)

[ S or U ] a smooth, shiny appearance on the surface of something:

Marble can be polished to a high gloss.

[ U ] paint that produces a smooth, shiny appearance on a surface:

We'll need a litre of gloss (paint) to cover the woodwork.
All the shades are available in matt or gloss.
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[ U ] a substance used to make your lips, hair, or skin appear shiny:

lip gloss

gloss noun (EXPLANATION)

[ C ] an explanation for a word or phrase:

Difficult expressions are explained in the glosses at the bottom of the page.

glossverb [ T ]

uk /ɡlɒs/ us /ɡlɑːs/

to provide an explanation for a word or phrase:

In the school edition of the book, the older and more rare words have been glossed.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “gloss” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gloss" in American English

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glossnoun

us /ɡlɑs, ɡlɔs/

gloss noun (SHINE)

[ U ] a smooth shine on the surface of something:

The floor was waxed and buffed to a high gloss.

gloss noun (EXPLANATION)

[ C ] an explanation of a word or phrase in a text

gloss
verb [ T ] us /ɡlɑs, ɡlɔs/

Special senses of words are glossed in this dictionary.

(Definition of “gloss” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)