Definition of nail varnish in English:

nail varnish

noun

mass nounBritish
  • Varnish applied to the fingernails or toenails to colour them or make them shiny; nail polish.

    • ‘This is the first time I've worn nail varnish in over a month.’
    • ‘Similarly, nail varnish and varnish remover (acetone and esters), although strong smelling, are probably too water soluble to be intoxicants.’
    • ‘I've also worked out that pink-skins shouldn't wear orangey-gold nail varnish.’
    • ‘And for tonight's gig, I will have black nail varnish on and some dark eye-liner.’
    • ‘I wish someone would hurry up and invent guitar-proof nail varnish.’
    • ‘Her fingernails and toenails were manicured and her toenails had been painted with gold nail varnish.’
    • ‘Harmonia was playing with things from the cabinet now - toothbrushes, nail clippers, bottles of nail varnish, and breaking them all as best she could.’
    • ‘It doesn't matter that Alice is neat and tidy and likes trying on nail varnish and jewellery whereas Gemma is loud, boisterous, loves football and longs for a tree house in the garden.’
    • ‘They made rules about which clothes we could wear even in our homes and banned nail varnish and make-up.’
    • ‘This led to a general discussion of how teachers make a good impression, and the fact that you should always wear bright nail varnish for parents evening.’
    • ‘We would walk into a pub wearing a bit of mascara, a bit of nail varnish, and it would be full of bikers.’
    • ‘She topped off the look with heavily-styled blonde hair, a golden anklet, diamanté earrings and naturally, leopard print nail varnish.’
    • ‘I had to clear my nail varnish with our stylist first.’
    • ‘Her voice tailed off and she picked at her nail varnish.’
    • ‘I've only just remembered that I need to take my nail varnish off.’
    • ‘Equally skinny, he wears a baseball cap sideways, sports chipped black nail varnish and looks barely 16, though he's actually 25.’
    • ‘Examining her own fingers, Nina winces at her chipped vermillion nail varnish she hasn't repainted for three days.’
    • ‘You couldn't wear perfume or nail varnish or anything like that.’
    • ‘Last week they had their pals round for a disco-party at which they applied body glitter, lip gloss, nail varnish and all manner of make-up.’
    • ‘The chemicals are also found in beach toys such as balls, in shower curtains, in cosmetics such as nail varnish, in caps and bags.’
    cosmetics, greasepaint
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Pronunciation

nail varnish

/ˈneɪlvɑːnɪʃ/