What is gloss?

  • (noun): The property of being smooth and shiny.
    Synonyms: polish, glossiness, burnish
    See also — Additional definitions below


A gloss (from Latin: glossa, from Greek: γλῶσσα glóssa "language") is a brief marginal notation of the meaning of a word or wording in a text. It may be in the language of the text, or in the reader's language if that is different.

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Semi-Gloss (album)
... Semi-Gloss is the 1997 self-titled debut studio album by Semi-Gloss ... The song "Eight Million Strong" appears on Teenie the version on Semi-Gloss is a remix ...
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12" Promo "Lip Gloss" (Main Version) "Lip Gloss" (Instrumental) "Lip Gloss" (Acapella) CD Single "Lip Gloss" (Album Version) "Lip Gloss" (Full Phat Remix) "Lip Gloss" (Safe ... Luke Mix) Digital Download "Lip Gloss" ...
Labello - Product Line - Gloss Range
4 Limited Editions Gold Shine (discontinued) Angelstar/Angel Star Care Gloss Shine (till 2009) Lovely Red Mocca (discontinued) Natural Pink/Pink Star Pure Natural ...
... Sickle-gloss, or sickle gloss, is a silica residue found on blades suggesting that they have been used to cut the silica-rich stems of cereals and forming an indirect proof for incipient agriculture ... The first documented appearance of sickle-gloss is found on flint knapped blades in the Natufian culture (12,500 to 9500 BC) in the Middle East, primarily in Israel ...

More definitions of "gloss":

  • (verb): Provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases.
    Synonyms: comment, annotate
  • (verb): Provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase.
  • (noun): An alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field.
    Synonyms: glossary
  • (verb): Give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing.
  • (noun): An outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading.
    Example: "He tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction"
    Synonyms: semblance, color, colour
  • (noun): An explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text.
    Synonyms: rubric

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    Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466–1536)