Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Glistening brightness; luster: the sheen of old satin in candlelight.
  • n. Splendid attire.
  • n. A glossy surface given to textiles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. beautiful, good-looking, attractive; radiant; shiny.
  • n. splendor; radiance; shininess.
  • v. To shine; to glisten.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bright; glittering; radiant; fair; showy; sheeny.
  • n. Brightness; splendor; glitter.
  • intransitive v. To shine; to glisten.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fair; bright; shining; glittering; beautiful.
  • To shine; glisten.
  • n. Brightness; luster; splendor.
  • n. An obsolete (Scotch) plural of shoe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the visual property of something that shines with reflected light

Etymologies

From Middle English shene, beautiful, from Old English scīene.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English shene, from Old English scīene ("beautiful, fair, bright, brilliant, light"), from Proto-Germanic *skauniz (“beautiful”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ḱoun- (“quick, dashing, beautiful”). Cognate with Dutch schoon ("clean, beautiful, fair"), German schön ("beautiful"), Danish skjøn ("beautiful"), Swedish skön ("beautiful, fine"). Extra-Germanic congnates include Albanian hir ("grace, blessing, goodwill"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The product, at the end of the day, is a very literary, heavy on style monkeyism, story which might just have a thin sheen of SF patina on it.

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  • Because no one gives a crap about her and she doesn't have to worry about any voter retaliation if they take a definitive stance either way. orange cinema why is it that she can specifically & directly pose at least one solution to our severe economic problem, and neither of our tapdancing flip-flopping candidates can? and btw martin sheen is still a badass. blog comments powered by Disqus

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  • My favourite SF shows are all American, although maybe there's a certain sheen added by cultural distance.

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  • In fact, a single drop of crude oil dropped into relatively still water in the Gulf can spread out to form a sheen the size of several football fields, even though the sheen is only a few microns thick.

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  • When the morning morrowed in sheen and shone, Nur al-Din awoke from deep sleep and found that she had brought water: 484 so they made the Ghusl-ablution, he and she, and he performed that which behoved him of prayer to his Lord, after which she set before him meat and drink, and he ate and drank.

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  • When dawn broke and morn arose in sheen and shone, the Fakirs went to seek the

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  • On her right cheek is a mole and on her waist, under her navel, is a sign; her face shines as the rondure of the moon in sheen, her waist is slight, her hips a heavy weight, and the water of her mouth the sick doth heal, as it were Kausar or

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  • And when day-break dawned and the star of morn appeared in sheen and shone, he broke up the sitting and, dismissing the youths, donned his court-dress and leaving his house set out for the palace of the

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  • They aren't altogether bad, but they have a certain sheen to them that looks flat and polished.

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  • On the lesser, the sheen is purple, and the males have a small bump behind the crown.

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