Definition of cut glass in English:

cut glass


  • 1Glass ornamented with patterns cut into it by grinding and polishing.

    ‘fine English cut glass’
    [as modifier] ‘a cut-glass decanter’
    • ‘Some connoisseurs have exquisitely chiselled attardans, often inlaid with ivory and containing marvellously carved cut glass decanters.’
    • ‘The restaurant and reception are in three conjoined gabled townhouses, jammed with mirrors, paintings, cut glass and polished wood.’
    • ‘Dark wooded antiques are reflected in cut glass mirrors and in the waiting room, time is marked by a nude golden figurine holding up a small clockface.’
    • ‘Another sound strategy is to buy a set of cut glass decanters (readily and cheaply available in thrift stores).’
    • ‘A unique chance to see the fantastic collection of scent bottles that form part of the famous Mrs French Collection dating from the 19th century and including items from the finest cut glass to novelty souvenir bottles.’
    • ‘Eighteen feet high, with aluminum and cut-glass detailing, it makes a big impact.’
    • ‘Among them were Waterford cut glass vases, a wristwatch and cutlery.’
    • ‘Fine linen and cut glass on the dining table is a powerful image of civilised life - not ‘in itself’, but rather because it symbolises the openness of the table, at its very best, to strangers and the needy.’
    • ‘They nixed too-bright brass in favor of cut-glass doorknobs and polished nickel fixtures.’
    • ‘He promptly presented another pair of cut-glass decanters to Madison's successor, James Monroe, when the president visited Pittsburgh in September 1817.’
    • ‘Bakewell obliged in the spring of 1812 with a pair of cut-glass vases.’
    • ‘The threat of crime is conveyed by the burglar bars, chain, torch, wallet and cellphone which are juxtaposed with inherited silver and cut-glass decanters.’
    • ‘On the sideboard are English drinking glasses and a Pittsburgh cut-glass decanter of about 1830 that descended in the wife's family.’
    • ‘Jackson had purchased cut-glass tumblers from Bakewell earlier in the year, and, after he was elected president in 1828, he ordered a glass service for the White House from the Pittsburgh concern.’
    • ‘Cover it with sparkly cut-glass coasters and elaborate glasses - the effect is stunning.’
    • ‘Look out for its 1930s art deco, thick chocolate-brown cut glass, or vases in 1960s-style vibrant hues.’
    • ‘More affordable are Victorian decanters and a tantalus, a lockable case usually made to hold three cut-glass decanters.’
    • ‘Still, my favorite way to enjoy the richly seductive flavor of alpine strawberries is to eat them fresh from the plant, served in fancy cut-glass goblets with a sinful dollop of real whipped cream - a truly splendid indulgence.’
    • ‘Lulu Guinness has several vintage mirrored tables in her home, adorned with cut-glass vases full of blossoms, which create ‘a wonderland of colour, glass and light’.’
    • ‘A pale color palette of sea-foam-green tumbled marble and cut-glass tiles marks elements in the open plan.’
  • 2[as modifier] Characterized by precise and careful enunciation.

    ‘a cut-glass accent’
    • ‘It is that work ethic, more than the cut-glass vowels, that links Silvas with Helen Joynson-Hicks and Beulah.’
    • ‘Of course they wouldn't like to do it, but maybe they should, ‘she intones with the cut-glass determination that sent young men off to do their duty in the trenches.’’
    • ‘Add in a cut-glass accent that could dead-head dahlias at 100 yards, and you have a template for unpopularity.’
    • ‘The double-breasted suits, the booming voice, cut-glass accent and impeccable manners mark Flight out as one of a dying breed.’
    • ‘She has a highly distinctive way of talking, veering between a sing-song mumble and cut-glass peeps of excitement; she's like a radio, fuzzy with interference, which occasionally finds its signal in a sudden burst of clarity.’
    • ‘It turned out their previous teacher had been a Miss Barwell from the Home Counties, a former elocution mistress who prided herself on her cut-glass vowels.’
    • ‘Without that fragility, nobody would watch this posh woman with a cut-glass accent.’
    • ‘The benefits to the city could well continue long after the fashionable hats, toppers, tailcoats and cut-glass accents have gone back to more familiar haunts further south.’
    • ‘‘I don't, but I do in my head,’ she counters, the cut-glass vowels positively resonating with her passion.’
    • ‘Green's cut-glass accent, clipped looks and cool demeanour only serve to reinforce his image as a fully paid-up member of the Establishment.’
    • ‘Supposing Martians invade, and settle in, and we find that, apart from the fact that they are little green men, that they speak English with a cut-glass accent, they are all nice and polite and so on.’
    • ‘‘Actually, it is Ascut,’ corrected my very proper colleague Charles Hutchinson in his best cut-glass accent.’
    • ‘George had come from Devon, complete with artificial cut-glass accent.’
    • ‘Now 64, and a grande dame of British acting, she remarked in those familiar cut-glass tones: ‘God, I was really quite tasty, but I didn't know it at the time.’’
    • ‘Mr. Dalyell is a Scottish aristocrat with classic breeding - Eton followed by Cambridge - and the booming cut-glass voice that goes with that status.’
    • ‘So she dyed her hair blonde, developed a cut-glass accent and took on roles that made her more English than the English.’
    • ‘Ronnie Barker returns to the screen for the first time in years as loyal manservant Inches and Celia Imrie pops up, naturally, as she's one of the few actresses who can do cut-glass vowels without sounding snooty.’
    • ‘As he lay dying in East Kilbride's Hairmyres hospital, having been moved from Jura, Orwell had become used to the Scots accent and only heard the posh, cut-glass accents of the English upper classes when his own friends visited him.’
    • ‘She has cut-glass tones, smart oatmeal knitwear and is sceptical but supportive. ‘Some of them are absolutely hopeless.’’
    • ‘In the Lords the cut-glass accent of Tessa Blackstone wins Best Voice.’


cut glass

/ˌkʌt ˈɡlɑːs/