- a glassy substance, usually opaque, applied by fusion to the surface of metal, pottery, etc., as an ornament or for protection.
- any of various varnishes, paints, coatings, etc., drying to a hard, glossy finish.
- any enamellike surface with a bright luster.
- an artistic work executed in enamel.
- Dentistry. the hard, glossy, calcareous covering of the crown of a tooth, containing only a slight amount of organic substance.
verb (used with object), e·nam·eled, e·nam·el·ing or (especially British) e·nam·elled, e·nam·el·ling.
- to inlay or overlay with enamel.
- to form an enamellike surface upon: to enamel cardboard.
- to decorate as with enamel; variegate with colors.
- a coloured glassy substance, translucent or opaque, fused to the surface of articles made of metal, glass, etc, for ornament or protection
- an article or articles ornamented with enamel
- an enamel-like paint or varnish
- any smooth glossy coating resembling enamel
- another word for nail polish
- the hard white calcified substance that covers the crown of each tooth
- decorated or covered with enamelan enamel ring
- made with enamelenamel paste
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (tr)
- to inlay, coat, or otherwise decorate with enamel
- to ornament with glossy variegated colours, as if with enamel
- to portray in enamel
early 15c., from enamel (v.).
early 14c., from Anglo-French enamailler (early 14c.), from en- “in” (see en- (1)) + amailler “to enamel,” variant of Old French esmailler, from esmal “enamel,” from Frankish *smalt, from Proto-Germanic *smaltjan “to smelt” (see smelt (v.)). Related: Enameled; enameling.
- The hard, calcareous substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth.
- The hard, translucent substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth in mammals. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body, and consists mostly of calcium salts.