[ glas, glahs ]SEE DEFINITION OF glass


"Here's hoping we'll soon be back in God's own country," said Oldaker, raising his glass.

Oldaker sipped his glass of old Oloroso sherry and discoursed.

The captain looked at it through his glass, and then examined the chart.

"Now look in the glass," directed Grace, when she had finished.

"Come, George, fill up your glass," said Ashton repeatedly; but George declined.

He dashed the glass from him, and burst into tears which he did not even try to conceal.

When she re-entered he sat as if he were only finishing the glass she had left him with.

Mart saw in the glass just then a sight which seemed to add to her surprise.

He had been examining a glass, a spoon and some other objects so quietly that I had not heard.

"I'll take a glass of water, if it can be had without trouble," said Renmark.


Old English glæs "glass, a glass vessel," from West Germanic *glasam (cf. Old Saxon glas, Middle Dutch and Dutch glas, German Glas, Old Norse gler "glass, looking glass," Danish glar), from PIE *ghel- "to shine, glitter" (cf. Latin glaber "smooth, bald," Old Church Slavonic gladuku, Lithuanian glodus "smooth"), with derivatives referring to colors and bright materials, a word that is the root of widespread words for gray, blue, green, and yellow (cf. Old English glær "amber," Latin glaesum "amber," Old Irish glass "green, blue, gray," Welsh glas "blue;" see Chloe). Sense of "drinking glass" is early 13c.

The glass slipper in "Cinderella" is perhaps an error by Charles Perrault, translating in 1697, mistaking Old French voir "ermine, fur" for verre "glass." In other versions of the tale it is a fur slipper. The proverb about people in glass houses throwing stones is attested by 1779, but earlier forms go back to 17c.:



nounbeverage; alcoholic beverage
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