Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

veneer

play
noun ve·neer \və-ˈnir\

Simple Definition of veneer

  • : a thin layer of wood or other material that is attached to the surface of something in order to make it look better

  • : a way of behaving or appearing that gives other people a false idea of your true feelings or situation

Full Definition of veneer

  1. 1 :  a thin sheet of a material: as a :  a layer of wood of superior value or excellent grain to be glued to an inferior wood b :  any of the thin layers bonded together to form plywood c :  a plastic or porcelain coating bonded to the surface of a cosmetically imperfect tooth

  2. 2 :  a protective or ornamental facing (as of brick or stone)

  3. 3 :  a superficial or deceptively attractive appearance, display, or effect :  facade, gloss <a veneer of tolerance>

Examples of veneer

  1. a wall with a stone veneer

  2. a dresser with mahogany veneer



Origin of veneer

German Furnier, from furnieren to veneer, from French fournir to furnish, equip — more at furnish


First Known Use: 1702

Other Architecture Terms


2

veneer

verb ve·neer

Simple Definition of veneer

  • : to cover (something) with a veneer

Full Definition of veneer

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to overlay or plate (as a common wood) with a thin layer of finer wood for outer finish or decoration; broadly :  to face with a material giving a superior surface

  3. 2 :  to cover over with a veneer; especially :  to conceal (as a defect of character) under a superficial and deceptive attractiveness

ve·neer·er noun

Examples of veneer

  1. The cabinet was veneered in oak.



1742

First Known Use of veneer

1742

Other Handicraft Terms


VENEER Defined for Kids

veneer

play
noun ve·neer \və-ˈnir\

Definition of veneer

  1. :  a layer of material that provides a finer surface or a stronger structure




Medical Dictionary

veneer

play
noun ve·neer \və-ˈni(ə)r\

Medical Definition of veneer

  1. :  a plastic or porcelain coating bonded to the surface of a cosmetically imperfect tooth





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up veneer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet spindrift pince-nez kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ