lacquer

noun
lac·​quer | \ˈla-kər \

Definition of lacquer 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a spirit varnish (such 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 (such as nitrocellulose)

lacquer

verb
lacquered; lacquering\ ˈla-​k(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of lacquer (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to coat with or as if with lacquer

2 : to give a smooth finish or appearance to : make glossy lacquered her hair

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Other Words from lacquer

Verb

lacquerer \ ˈla-​kər-​ər \ noun

Examples of lacquer in a Sentence

Noun

Many coats of lacquer were applied to the table.

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Bustle also reported that the lacquers feel extremely hydrating on the lips and feature a delicious vanilla-mint scent. Allie Fasanella, Allure, "Nyx Is Launching a Brand-New Lip Gloss, Liner, and Lipstick for Summer," 23 June 2018 McCartney's models walked down a reflective runway that looked as if it were made of black lacquer, while the minimalist and fluorescent lights at Thom Browne recalled those of interior design darling Resident. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "These Paris Fashion Week Shows Gave Us Serious Decor Envy," 7 Mar. 2018 Last month, the Taiwanese high jeweler won a Masterpiece award at the London fair of the same name for the Peony Brooch in titanium, gold, and yellow lacquer, which counts nearly 180 carats of rubies and close to six carats of diamonds. Vogue, "From Ana Khouri to Tasaki, A Survey of Couture Week’s Coolest Jewels," 9 July 2018 The ornate baroque interiors or the Grand Palace will no doubt amaze you and no one soon forgets the unique Chinese Room filled with lacquer and ancient silk. Greg Tepper, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to St. Petersburg," 5 Oct. 2016 Kitchens are equipped with stainless steel appliances, high-lacquer European cabinetry, quartz counters and subway tile backsplashes. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen, chicagotribune.com, "New, luxe Gold Coast apartments go for 'understated elegance'," 20 Sep. 2017 Despite Moulton openly proclaiming the fictional nature of the exhibition, there will be many who simply won’t get the memo, seeing only a glossy layer of ’80s black lacquer masking what’s underneath. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Fact and Fiction Collide Inside an Exhibit Inspired by a “Forgotten” L.A. Legend—and Beverly Hills Cop," 12 June 2018 There are long rows of picnic table seating, all benches and thick lacquer, every surface saloon brown and rubbed to a glossy patina over decades of dining. Bret Anthony Johnston, Bon Appetit, "Panjo’s Pizza Parlor Is the Place That Time Forgot," 6 June 2018 Last night saw the supermodel stepping out for a party celebrating Dior's new Addict lip lacquer launch in Los Angeles in a look that paid visual homage to Brigitte Bardot. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Transforms Into Brigitte Bardot for a Night Out in Los Angeles," 15 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Richard Ouellette, president of Canadian firm Les Ensembliers, lacquered a Montreal passageway obsidian black, focusing attention the way a horse’s blinders might on a view of the city through a distant window. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "The Big Decorating Mistake: Forgetting Your Hallways," 24 May 2018 As the couple gives a barefoot tour, Jackson pads from the windowed walk-in master closet to the entry, where the interior of the coat closet is lacquered a brilliant orange, a joking reference to Princeton, which Roth attended. Bob Morris, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: A Glamorous West Village Loft That's Made For Entertaining," 22 Nov. 2016 Just as compelling as the inventively chic food is the design of this four floor culinary and oenological paradise (there is a 10,000-bottle wine cellar in the basement, its walls lacquered dregs-of-wine red). Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "With Striking Interior Design, Milan’s Cracco Restaurant Evokes Singular Elegance," 29 June 2018 The kind of chicken that wins competition is fashioned from skin-on but boneless thighs, tucked into taut little bundles, the final product lacquered in sauce. Peter Meehan, Bon Appetit, "Entering a National Barbecue Competition Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time," 4 June 2018 Continue to grill, turning and brushing with glaze every 2 minutes, until ribs are dark brown and nicely lacquered on both sides with some charred spots, about 5 minutes total (smaller end of rack will be done first). Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appetit, "Instant Pot Glazed and Grilled Ribs," 25 June 2018 That imagination comes fully alive when Frida sees something genuinely strange, like a parade at a carnival in which children march wearing giant, lacquered, papier maché heads that look like Lewis Carroll characters. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Tragedy from a child’s point of view in ‘Summer 1993’," 7 June 2018 This is reality lacquered to so high a sheen nothing sticks. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "'Hearts Beat Loud' with Nick Offerman is an absolute charm," 14 June 2018 The trees were lacquered red or black and the people who went in to move them wore white gloves and moved them along this precisely marked-out route. New York Times, "David Lynch on Michael Jackson and That Crazy Frog From ‘Twin Peaks’," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of lacquer

Noun

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lacquer

Noun

Portuguese lacré sealing wax, from laca lac, from Arabic lakk, from Persian lak — more at lac

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The first known use of lacquer was in 1592

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lacquer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lacquer

: a liquid that is spread on wood or metal and that dries to form a hard and shiny surface

lacquer

noun
lac·​quer | \ˈla-kər \

Kids Definition of lacquer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a material like varnish that dries quickly into a shiny layer (as on wood or metal)

lacquer

verb
lacquered; lacquering

Kids Definition of lacquer (Entry 2 of 2)

: to coat with lacquer

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