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noun gloss pronunciation in British English /ɡlɒs/ 
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] the shiny surface of something such as paper, paint, or a photograph

    a paint that gives a high (=very shiny) gloss

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of gloss
  2. 3
    [countable] a short explanation of what something means

    Some of the very technical words will need a gloss.

    1. a.
      a way of describing something that makes it seem better than it really is
      put a gloss on something:

      Both sides attempted to put the best possible gloss on the agreement.

    2. b.
      the way in which someone understands or explains something

      The newspapers all gave their own gloss on the president's offer.

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