Meaning of lozenge in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlɒz(ɪ)n(d)ʒ/

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  • 1A rhombus or diamond shape.

    as modifier ‘lozenge patterns’
    • ‘The windows with the lozenge pattern of leading are all found in pictures thought to have been painted in the late 1650s.’
    • ‘At the left of the screen was a lozenge shape circled in red.’
    • ‘The English method for dealing with hot boiled ham is to glaze it with brown sugar and mustard or fruit juice, and decorate by scoring the fat in a lozenge pattern and studding it with whole cloves.’
    • ‘He'd wake up with the lozenge pattern of the floor imprinted on his arm and face, but refreshed and ready to go.’
    • ‘Big, blocky and simple, the polyester resin floor forms include halved lozenges, pointy-sided rectangular boxes and cubes, sometimes stacked or partially slid one into the other.’
    • ‘In each work, the larger lozenge shape snuggles like a floating sausage into a radically curved corner of the canvas, presiding over the conversation of the two beanlike shapes huddled together in a corner below.’
    • ‘You had to see the lozenge shapes in the drum at the base of the Americana in the context of the tail fins parked out front: This was a motor hotel in the city.’
    • ‘The yard goods usually had small-scale repeat patterning, often a simple diamond grid, a mixture of thin stripes and diamonds, or small lozenges.’
    • ‘Many of the stones are engraved with ornamentations such as spirals, interconnecting loops, lozenges, and circles with lines emanating from them.’
    • ‘Notched, rounded, cut into fan or lozenge shapes, and sometimes folded over a dowel, these paintings presented richly textured planes of color - blood, rust, lipstick and fog.’
    • ‘I would like the cameo furnishing fabrics to participate in the revolution or total transformation that has already affected dress fabrics, which are now dominated by lozenge shapes.’
    • ‘The base also displays the same striping as the sides, whereas a cross section of ivory shows concentric lozenges.’
    • ‘Decoration is usually geometric and repetitive: lozenges, chevrons, and zigzags dominate.’
    • ‘Ornament was usually restricted to repetitive, geometric mouldings such as those of the lozenge, chevron, or zigzag type.’
    • ‘Small lozenges surround it, their delicate patina evoking the gold and silver dust traditionally applied to Japanese lacquerware.’
    • ‘The field is divided into shards and lozenges: the faceted forms of Cubist painting combine with the angled lines and rectangles of the Russian Suprematists.’
    • ‘The base of an ivory figurine will show the radiating, intersecting lines forming minute lozenges and concentric lines of lighter and darker color.’
    • ‘Many of these belts display a predominance of lozenges in different colors on a background divided into square or rectangular partitions that are also colored.’
    rhombus, diamond shape, diamond
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    1. 1.1A small medicinal tablet, originally in the shape of a lozenge, taken for sore throats and dissolved in the mouth.
      ‘throat lozenges’
      • ‘But don't give hard candy, cough drops or throat lozenges to children under 4.’
      • ‘Our medicine cabinets are stocked with throat lozenges, painkillers and antiseptic creams designed to restore us to immediate health after the slightest scratch.’
      • ‘For a sore throat, try lozenges obtained from your chemist, who is pleased to offer advice.’
      • ‘He looked a bit worried when I sat down at the table and produced a bunch of inhalers, some pills, a bottle of cough syrup and some throat lozenges and proceeded to stuff them all into my mouth…’
      • ‘Until you're feeling better, salt-water gargles, throat lozenges or hot water with honey and lemon can help make having a sore throat easier to swallow.’
      • ‘It's also used in lozenges to soothe a sore throat.’
      • ‘Throat sprays or lozenges also may help with sore throat pain.’
      • ‘In cough drops and lozenges, gum arabic soothes irritated mucous membranes.’
      • ‘Nicotine replacement is available as chewing gum, transdermal patch, nasal spray, inhaler, sublingual tablet, and lozenge.’
      • ‘Sucking of lozenges and pastilles produces saliva which lubricates and soothes inflamed tissues and washes infecting organisms off them.’
      • ‘Chewy lozenges and patches allow substances to be absorbed quickly through the skin into the bloodstream, thereby bypassing the digestive system, which could alter their medicinal effects.’
      • ‘Don't Stop Quitting: Smokers who are trying to kick the habit can double their chances of success by using patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers or nasal sprays containing nicotine.’
      • ‘Anticipating actual legal reform, the development of cannabis beverages, lozenges, skin patches or other forms of delivery could be encouraged to diminish pulmonary hazards.’
      • ‘And if you've got a cold, the echinacea may help, but the vitamin C and zinc probably won't (only zinc lozenges seem to work).’
      • ‘Although the mineral can inhibit viral reproduction in test tubes, study results have been mixed, possibly because of insufficient doses or the type of zinc lozenges used.’
      • ‘Statistics show people who are supported to give up can double their success rate, as do those who use Nicotine Replacement Therapy such as patches, gum, or lozenges.’
      • ‘But considering all the evidence, you're better off taking zinc lozenges than echinacea the next time you feel a cold coming on.’
      • ‘In one experiment that compared zinc to a placebo, participants who sucked on zinc lozenges every couple of hours found that the length of their cold was cut in half.’
      • ‘Stop taking the lozenges as soon as your cold is over.’
      • ‘To fight colds, use a zinc nasal spray four times a day or suck on zinc lozenges that contain 15 to 25 mg of zinc gluconate every two to four hours as soon as you notice symptoms.’
      pastille, tablet, pill, capsule, pilule, drop
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    2. 1.2Heraldry A charge in the shape of a solid diamond, in particular one on which the arms of an unmarried or widowed woman are displayed.


Middle English from Old French losenge, probably derived from the base of Spanish losa, Portuguese lousa ‘slab’, late Latin lausiae (lapides) ‘stone slabs’.