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Definition of sheen in English:


[in singular]
A soft lustre on a surface: black crushed velvet with a slight sheen figurative he seemed to shine with that unmistakable showbiz sheen
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  • Unadorned, they rely on the soft surface sheen of the pewter for decorative effect.
  • To seal the paint, I used light brown tinted wax and buffed it to a soft sheen.
  • With a low sheen, the intriguing surface is full of movement and tonal interest.
shine, lustre, gleam, patina, gloss, shininess, burnish, polish, shimmer, glimmer, sparkle, brightness, brilliance, radiance


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Shine or cause to shine softly: [with object]: men entered with rain sheening their steel helms [no object]: her black hair sheened in the sun
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  • Nara noticed that his pale face was sheened with sweat, shining in the dim green light of the controls.
  • The dog's rear tensed, muscles sheening through the short hair.
  • Other great writers-Tolstoy, Bellow, Flaubert - seem to look through a clear - seeing inner eye which in Joyce is milkily, filmily sheened.


Early 17th century: from obsolete sheen 'beautiful, resplendent'; apparently related to the verb shine.

Words that rhyme with sheen

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