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noun ve·neer \və-ˈnir\

: 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

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

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth



: to cover (something) with a veneer

Full Definition of VENEER

transitive verb
:  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
:  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.

First Known Use of VENEER


Other Handicraft Terms

biscuit, darn, tambour, wrought
VENEER Defined for Kids


noun ve·neer \və-ˈnir\

Definition of VENEER for Kids

:  a layer of material that provides a finer surface or a stronger structure
Medical Dictionary


noun ve·neer \və-ˈni(ə)r\

Medical Definition of VENEER

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


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