Definition of glassine in English:

glassine

noun

  • [mass noun], [usually as modifier] A glossy transparent paper:

    ‘a box full of foreign stamps still in their glassine envelopes’
    • ‘The tiny parcels of glassine paper that enfold the diamond morsels pass between pairs of traders, are examined, dismissed - considered.’
    • ‘A small glassine bag drug dealers use to store crack, coke or heroin sat open and empty beneath a row of bushes.’
    • ‘The road petered out in a jumble of old crash-barriers and concrete dividers, littered now with cigarette and roach butts and the occasional glassine envelope emptied of cocaine.’
    • ‘Snowflakes in glassine envelopes are pretty cute.’
    • ‘By the late 1960s, glassine bags had replaced capsules as the dominant packaging technique and heroin was available in a variety of sales units.’
    • ‘The pavement was glassine and visibility was limited.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from glass + -ine.

Pronunciation:

glassine

/ˈɡlɑːsiːn/