Meaning of ENAMEL in English


I. i-ˈna-məl transitive verb

( -eled or -elled ; -el·ing or enam·el·ling -ˈnam-liŋ, -ˈna-mə-)

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French enameller, from en- + asmal, esmal enamel, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German smelzan to melt — more at smelt

Date: 14th century

1. : to cover, inlay, or decorate with enamel

2. : to beautify with a colorful surface

3. : to form a glossy surface on (as paper, leather, or cloth)

• enam·el·er noun

• enam·el·ist -mə-list noun

II. noun

Date: 15th century

1. : a usually opaque vitreous composition applied by fusion to the surface of metal, glass, or pottery

2. : a surface or outer covering that resembles enamel


a. : something that is enameled

b. : enamelware

4. : a cosmetic intended to give a smooth or glossy appearance

5. : a hard calcareous substance that forms a thin layer capping the teeth — see tooth illustration

6. : a paint that flows out to a smooth coat when applied and that dries with a glossy appearance

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.