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Dictionary Definition

Polish adj : of or relating to Poland or its people or culture; "Polish sausage"


1 the property of being smooth and shiny [syn: gloss, glossiness, burnish]
2 a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality; "they performed with great polish"; "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--Joseph Conrad [syn: refinement, culture, cultivation, finish]
3 a preparation used in polishing
4 the Slavic language of Poland


1 (of surfaces) make shine; "shine the silver, please"; "polish my shoes" [syn: smooth, smoothen, shine]
2 improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing" [syn: refine, fine-tune, down]
3 bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state; "polish your social manners" [syn: round, round off, polish up, brush up]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Polish



  • a UK pŏ'lĭsh, /ˈpɒlɪʃ/, /"pQlIS/
  • a US pä'lĭsh, /ˈpɑlɪʃ/, /"pAlIS/


  1. A substance used to polish.
    A good silver polish will remove tarnish easily.
  2. Cleanliness; smoothness, shininess.
    The floor was waxed to a high polish.
  3. Refinement; cleanliness in performance or presentation.
    The lecturer showed a lot of polish at his last talk.

Derived terms

Related terms


substance used to polish
cleanliness; smoothness; shininess
cleanliness in performance or presentation


  1. To shine; to make a surface very smooth or shiny by rubbing, cleaning, or grinding.
    He polished up the chrome until it gleamed.
  2. To refine; remove imperfections from.
    The band has polished its performance since the last concert.

Related terms


make a surface smooth or shiny
refine; improve imperfections from

Extensive Definition

Polish (when ) may refer to:
  • Poland, a country in Central Europe
    • Polish language, the official language of Poland
    • Poles, a western Slavic people inhabiting the country of Poland
  • Polish notation, a form of notation for logic, arithmetic, and algebra
  • Polish sausage, also known as Kiełbasa.
  • Polish chicken, a European breed which does not originate in the country
    • Maxwell Street Polish consists of a grilled all-beef Polish sausage topped with grilled onions and yellow mustard and the optional sport peppers, on a bun.
polish (when pronounced /ˈpɒlɪʃ/) may refer to:
  • Polishing, the process of creating a smooth and shiny surface by using rubbing and or a chemical action
    • Nail polish, a cosmetic lacquer that is applied to the nails
    • Shoe polish, used to shine, waterproof, and restore the appearance of leather shoes or boots
A formal greeting in polish, can also be expressed as kurwa. ( koo-r-v-ah )
polish in Danish: Polsk
polish in German: Polnisch
polish in Italian: Polacco
polish in Portuguese: Polaco
polish in Simple English: Polish

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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