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

  • n. Glass colored by mixing pigments inherently in the glass, by fusing colored metallic oxides onto the glass, or by painting and baking transparent colors on the glass surface.

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  • n. Glass that has been coloured, either by painting or by fusing pigments into its structure.
  • n. The use of such glass to construct decorative windows, especially in churches.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. glass colored or stained by certain metallic pigments fused into its substance, -- often used for making ornamental windows.

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

  • n. glass that has been colored in some way; used for church windows


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  • Halting on the landing, he looked up at the huge arched window, at the stained glass depicting die St. Austell family crest.

    A Lady of His Own

  • Of stained glass enough remains here and elsewhere to show how marvellous was the wholly new art brought into being by the genius of medievalism; and that the painting and guilding of all the interior surfaces was on a scale of equal perfection, we are compelled to believe.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • Prisms of sunlight pierced the stained glass windows, dappling the floor in a kaleidoscope of colors.

    The Pleasure Seekers

  • He designed the apse with its effective groinings, the stained glass of the chancel windows, the decorated ceiling, the stone pulpit, and the splendid Gothic vestments.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • She imagined she was the very picture of the girl they had seen in the stained glass at the Eternal Edifice.

    May Bird, Warrior Princess

  • When she returned to the dining room, Jane sweetly asked her husband about the stained glass program for All Saints Church in Selsley, and they did not speak of Rossetti and Lizzie again.

    The Wayward Muse

  • Shafts of colorful light from the stained glass windows danced across her face.


  • The church, which was divided by a meadow from the parsonage, was an ugly, whitewashed building, not unlike a large barn, with a little one joined to it at one end; it bore marks of having once been a Catholic place of worship, though the stone carved work was grievously defaced, and the stained glass remained in the windows only in fragments.

    Zoe: The History of Two Lives

  • The combined rooms were now a messy space filled not with Tiffany's stained glass or moody landscapes by George Inness but with very different objets d'art: density-gradient tubes, computers, compound microscopes, comparison 'scopes, a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer, a PoliLight alternative light source, fuming frames for raising friction ridge prints.

    The Coffin Dancer

  • It is lofty, spacious, and surrounded by oak panels; it has a charming bow window, where are elegantly represented, in stained glass on distinct shields, the arms of Alderman Beckford, his wife, and their eccentric son.

    Recollections of the Late William Beckford


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  • The first recorded use of the term is from Mrs Radcliffe's Romance of the Forest (1791):

    Above the vast and magnificent portal of this gate arose a window of the same order, whose pointed arches still exhibited fragments of stained glass, once the pride of monkish devotion.

    This clearly can't be the first occurrence; but anyway, what did they call it for centuries before that?

    October 7, 2010