What does sheen mean?

Definitions for sheen

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word sheen.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shininess, sheen, luster, lustrenoun

    the visual property of something that shines with reflected light


  1. sheennoun

    splendor; radiance; shininess.

  2. sheenverb

    To shine; to glisten.

  3. sheenadjective

    beautiful, good-looking, attractive; radiant; shiny.

  4. Etymology: From shene, from sciene, from skauniz, from (s)ḱoun-. Cognate with Dutch schoon, German schön, Danish skjøn, skön. Extra-Germanic congnates include Albanian hirë, geg hinë.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sheen, Sheenyadjective

    Bright; glittering; shewy. A word now not in use.

    Etymology: This was probably only the old pronunciation of shine].

    That lewd ribbald, with vile lust advanc’d,
    Laid first his filthy hands on virgin clean,
    To spoil her dainty corse so fair and sheen. Fa. Queen.

    When he was all dight, he took his way
    Into the forest, that he might be seen
    Of the wild beasts, in his new glory sheen. Hubberd’s Tale.

    Now they never meet in grove or green,
    By fountain clear, or spangled star-light sheen. William Shakespeare.

    Up arose each warrior bold and brave,
    Glistering in filed steel and armour sheen. Edward Fairfax.

    Out of the hierarchies of angels sheen,
    The gentle Gabriel call’d he from the rest. Edward Fairfax.

    By the rushy fringed bank,
    Where grows the willow and the osier dank,
    My sliding chariot stays,
    Which set with agat, or the azure sheen,
    Of turcois blue, and emerald green. John Milton.

    Or did of late earth’s sons besiege the wall
    Of sheeny heav’n. John Milton.

  2. Sheennoun

    Brightness; splendour.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Mercy will sit between,
    Thron’d in celestial sheen. John Milton.

    Far above, in spangled sheen,
    Celestial Cupid, her fam’d son advanc’d,
    Holds his dear Psyche sweet entranc’d. John Milton.


  1. sheen

    Sheen is defined as the shine, gloss, or glow of a surface, especially when it reflects light. It can be used to refer to the luster of a metal, fabric, hair, skin, or even the gleaming surface of a calm sea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sheenverb

    bright; glittering; radiant; fair; showy; sheeny

  2. Sheenverb

    to shine; to glisten

  3. Sheennoun

    brightness; splendor; glitter

  4. Etymology: [OE. sehene, AS. scine, scne, scne, splendid, beautiful; akin to OFries. skne, skne, OS. scni, D. schoon, G. schn, OHG. scni, Goth, skanus, and E. shew; the original meaning being probably, visible, worth seeing. It is not akin to E. shine. See Shew, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sheen

    shēn, n. brightness or splendour.—adj. (obs.) bright, shining.—v.i. (arch.) to shine, glitter.—adj. Sheen′y, shining, beautiful. [A.S. scéne, scýne, fair; Dut. schoon, Ger. schön, beautiful; prob. from the root of A.S. sceáwian, to look at.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Sheen

    See “Richmond.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SHEEN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sheen is ranked #14178 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sheen surname appeared 2,118 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Sheen.

    68.8% or 1,458 total occurrences were White.
    20.2% or 428 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.5% or 75 total occurrences were Black.
    3% or 65 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 46 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.1% or 46 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheen in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of sheen in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Scott:

    I applaud Charlie Sheen for coming out publicly, it was a huge milestone in the HIV epidemic when Magic Johnson came out, then Rock Hudson and Greg Louganis as a Olympic medalist. That was over 25 years ago. HIV may not be fatal and incurable as it was then, yet at the same time there are many people to help and much to do.

  2. John Ayers:

    Typically, public health uses top-down strategies. The most effective messages are believed to come from the experts, 'from the top.' The people who know the most about the subject, the people who are paid to sit around and think about the subject, it turns out, though, that if you look at the Sheen effect and if you look at these other examples of organic media events ... that's not the case. These messages, they come from the bottom; they come from ordinary people. People who aren't health experts. Sheen might be a celebrity, but he's not a health expert. Angelina Jolie is not a health expert.

  3. Denise Richards:

    Even though he’s Charlie Sheen, that is still, to them, their dad, i never talk badly about him and I want him to be part of their lives because I met a lot of the women that Charlie entertained and a lot of them had father-daughter issues. And I do not want that to be our girls.

  4. Steven Hoffman:

    We also saw several leading organizations in HIV prevention begin to use Charlie Sheen's disclosure as a way to promote HIV prevention. i think there probably are a lot of celebrities who want to do good and would be open to the idea of working with public health officials to do good.

  5. John Ayers:

    It turns out that actually because of our study, we got to see those things happen. When we published our study, a few weeks later, Charlie Sheen began speaking out about HIV prevention, particularly condoms, and he cited our study as one of the reasons for doing that, we also saw several leading organizations in HIV prevention begin to use Charlie Sheen's disclosure as a way to promote HIV prevention.

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    applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    A naiant
    B splay
    C motile
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