Meaning of VARNISH in English

I. ˈvär-nish noun

Etymology: Middle English vernisch, from Anglo-French vernis, from Old Italian or Medieval Latin; Old Italian vernice, from Medieval Latin veronic-, veronix sandarac

Date: 14th century


a. : a liquid preparation that when applied to a surface dries to form a hard lustrous typically transparent coating

b. : the covering or glaze given by the application of varnish


(1) : something that suggests varnish by its gloss

(2) : a coating (as of deposits in an internal combustion engine) comparable to varnish

2. : outside show : gloss I

3. chiefly British : a liquid nail polish

• var·nishy -ni-shē adjective

II. transitive verb

Date: 14th century

1. : to apply varnish to

2. : to cover or conceal (as something unpleasant) with something that gives an attractive appearance : gloss II

3. : adorn , embellish

• var·nish·er ˈvär-ni-shər noun

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