Definition of polished in English:



  • 1Shiny as a result of being rubbed.

    ‘a polished mahogany table’
    • ‘The counter had been wiped down, bleached, polished, and a shiny new cash register sat like an ornament on its surface.’
    • ‘The table was long as well and of nicely polished mahogany that shined so much it looked like a pool of dark water.’
    • ‘Then to top it all off he had his shiny, polished black shoes.’
    • ‘It was polished and shiny, and there was no trace of a scratch on it.’
    • ‘In the huge theme park, everything was manufactured - angular, flat surfaces, and shiny polished metal.’
    • ‘She stepped onto its shiny, polished, wooden floor, and listened to the squeaking echoes of sneakers skidding across it.’
    • ‘The locals are shaking their heads, looking at the funny city boys in Lycra shorts and goofy biking shoes trying to run around on the shiny polished linoleum floor.’
    • ‘A sigh echoed through the room as two legs perched upon the surface of the polished mahogany table, its base cluttered with piles of untouched papers.’
    • ‘This balances the large polished mahogany table and antique chandelier.’
    • ‘In the center of the room there was a little coffee table, polished to a brilliant shine, and a couch, with two large armchairs.’
    • ‘This means a lot of hard work, but it's worth it when you get that extra shiny smooth polished rock you're looking for.’
    • ‘The buttons on his jacket were well polished and very shiny.’
    • ‘The smell of oiled leather and the cool, shiny surfaces of polished metal reminded me that I was going to a place farther away than anyone knew.’
    • ‘Yesterday I had to sit through a long briefing on how all employees should have polished shiny shoes.’
    • ‘The prince had been sitting at the polished mahogany table, practising his algebra after repeated reminders from his tutor.’
    • ‘The bath was enormous, shiny white and surrounded by a wide shelf of polished mahogany.’
    • ‘Almost spitting the words, Julia steps into the room and sets her purse down on a polished mahogany table.’
    • ‘Live like each moment is shiny as a polished knife.’
    • ‘His train conductor's hat was perched smartly at an angle and his shoes were polished to a shiny brown.’
    • ‘The sunlight glistened off the highly polished wooden table and chairs and the copper pots and pans.’
    shiny, shining, bright, glossy, gleaming, lustrous
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    1. 1.1Accomplished and skillful.
      ‘his polished performance in the movie’
      • ‘He gives a very polished, professional performance with excellent comic timing to make the jokes appear impromptu and off the top of his head.’
      • ‘He and his band had obviously spent a long time rehearsing, and the result was an immaculately arranged, perfectly executed and polished performance.’
      • ‘Their performances were polished, with superb harmonies and flawless production.’
      • ‘Each member is an accomplished and polished musician in their own right, yet together the sum of their parts captures and expresses a more rugged aesthetic.’
      • ‘Each work has an ethereal feel and rich harmonic texture that is magnified by a polished performance by the Westminster Cathedral choir under master of music Martin Baker.’
      • ‘The show was excellent, with a polished performance from all the actors.’
      • ‘The children are to be congratulated on their polished performances as are their teachers and proud parents who filled the pews to watch.’
      • ‘The film is polished, good-looking and accomplished, but still feels redundant.’
      • ‘The restless camera, the energetic editing, the New York locations, the polished performances give an impression of something clever and different.’
      • ‘Expect a polished and accomplished performance from a man dedicated to his music.’
      • ‘As I have already pointed out repeatedly, performances are polished and excellently recorded.’
      • ‘Time alone will tell whether this was simply a clever and polished performance or a genuinely new style of leadership.’
      • ‘Suspenseful music kicks in during combat to accompany the polished sound effects.’
      • ‘In the heel of the reel he closed a 5/4 chance and easily justified favouritism with a polished staying performance.’
      • ‘It is a polished film by an accomplished director, able to hold its own on the international stage.’
      • ‘It's a very worthy album: accomplished musicianship, polished songwriting and so on, but it does lack spark.’
      • ‘As if to mirror this discovery, Part Two is full of highly polished and accomplished writing, beautiful in ways unallowable in Part One.’
      • ‘Not only was it a very polished, seamless performance, but the enjoyment on the actors/actresses faces showed just how much they were getting from the whole experience.’
      • ‘It may not have been the most polished performance for once, but it proved a hit with pupils and to be surrounded by happy voices must have been music to the Prime Minister's ears.’
      • ‘In the sporting circus, even contrition is a polished performance’
      expert, accomplished, masterly, masterful, skilful, skilled, clever, proficient, adept, deft, adroit, dexterous, impeccable, flawless, faultless, perfect, consummate, exquisite, outstanding, excellent, superb, superlative, remarkable, first-rate, fine, talented, gifted
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    2. 1.2Refined, sophisticated, or elegant.
      ‘he was polished and charming’
      • ‘Really - because she's elegant and she's romantic and sophisticated and polished, and she loves fashion.’
      • ‘It presented much of the same material but in a considerably more elegant and polished way.’
      • ‘Monica glided onstage with her usual confidence and poise - ever polished, meticulously refined and supremely confident.’
      • ‘It was just a very sort of glamorous, sophisticated, polished thing.’
      • ‘This is in stark contrast to the poetic elegance used to describe the Medieval town of Oxford or the polished sophistication of Singapore.’
      • ‘The polished sophistication of this essay on how to use compressed space is underlined by the architect's ingenious use of materials.’
      • ‘This hardy perennial is interestingly accompanied by this polished Shiraz.’
      • ‘Let us discuss and debate, but in a refined manner and polished language please!’
      • ‘His poetry is elegant, polished, and witty; as a critic he is one of the main theorists of Russian Romanticism.’
      • ‘The styles might not have looked very different from one another but they looked refined and polished.’
      • ‘A woman can never go wrong when she looks polished and sophisticated.’
      • ‘He speaks in a polished, precise manner, but with a bouncy Trinidadian inflection rippling through, like pebbles tossed across a pond.’
      • ‘He was courteous, polished, respectful and kept an eye out for us, which was good, since he would be with us for the next three days.’
      • ‘As outside investment, knowledge and rigorous selection spreads through the region, the wines are becoming extremely polished and refined.’
      • ‘The highly polished, refined and sophisticated villain of this film, enacted by him, brought accolades to Devan.’
      • ‘A deep red paint and several black and white photos adorned the walls, giving off a very polished and sophisticated feel.’
      • ‘He talks in the polished, high-strung manner of an experienced politician.’
      • ‘His gray hair was neatly combed, making him look much polished and more refined for the committee.’
      • ‘Leather and/or fur hats can look great on older men who want to keep warm while maintaining their refined, polished look.’
      • ‘Fall's slim coat has a retro feel that works well with the season's more refined and polished looks.’
      refined, cultivated, civilized, civil, well bred, polite, courteous, well mannered, genteel, decorous, proper, respectable, courtly, urbane, suave, sophisticated, seemly
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    3. 1.3(of rice) having had the outer husk removed during milling.
      • ‘The only carbs I restrict are those in refined sugars, white flour, polished rice/grains, and beer.’
      • ‘Han Asian Vodka is made from polished rice, select barley and spring water.’
      • ‘Jute was just another convenient natural material that could be made into large bags to store everything from dehusked coconuts to polished rice to fresh vegetables.’
      • ‘‘Processed and polished white rice loses most of its nutrition,’ she says.’
      • ‘This looks like red rice. It's different to normal white polished rice, and it's capable of germination.’
      • ‘In the north of the country polished millet, jero, is served with taushe, a thick broth of meat, pumpkin, greens, red pepper, and peanuts.’