Part of speech: verb
Origin: Middle English, early 14th century
Enhance or perfect (something such as a reputation or a skill).
Polish (something, especially metal) by rubbing.
Examples of Burnish in a sentence
"Mary knew she would have to burnish her research skills to shine in her job hunt."
"Betty liked to burnish her collection of silver every month."
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This word stems from Middle English by way of the Old French “burniss-,” a lengthened stem of “burnir” that means to “make brown.”
Did you Know?
“Burnish” can also be a noun that means the shine on a highly polished surface.