Simple Definition of lacquer
: a liquid that is spread on wood or metal and that dries to form a hard and shiny surface
Full Definition of lacquer
1 a : a spirit varnish (as shellac) b : any of various durable natural varnishes; especially : a varnish obtained from an Asian sumac (Rhus verniciflua) —called also Japanese lacquer
2 : any of various clear or colored synthetic organic coatings that typically dry to form a film by evaporation of the solvent; especially : a solution of a cellulose derivative (as nitrocellulose)
Examples of lacquer
Many coats of lacquer were applied to the table.
Origin of lacquer
Portuguese lacré sealing wax, from laca lac, from Arabic lakk, from Persian lak — more at lac
First Known Use: 1592
First Known Use of lacquer
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