Definition of French polish in English:

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French polish

Pronunciation: /ˈˌfrenCH ˈpäliSH/


Shellac polish that produces a high gloss on wood.
Example sentences
  • Various proprietary products are sold as French polish, unusually consisting of an alcoholic solution of shellac resin with a variety of additives intended to ease application or increase brightness.
  • I knew a French polisher who worked in the yard and he made up his French polish at home and brought it into work each day so no-one would know the recipe for his polish.
  • I'm presenting just an illustration of what French polish actually is, and how I approach it.


[with object]
Treat (wood) with French polish.
Example sentences
  • Once you feel confident with the technique, you can then begin to French polish the actual instrument.
  • Never French polish in high humidity because the water in the air will become trapped beneath the surface.

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Syllabification: French pol·ish

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