lac·​quer | \ ˈla-kər How to pronounce lacquer (audio) \

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)


lacquered; lacquering\ ˈla-​k(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce lacquer (audio) \

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

Other Words from lacquer


lacquerer \ ˈla-​kər-​ər How to pronounce lacquer (audio) \ noun

Examples of lacquer in a Sentence

Noun Many coats of lacquer were applied to the table.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Top any of your fave polishes with a coat of this lacquer and voila! Ava Darrin, ELLE, 30 July 2022 The dial is black lacquer, and the bracelet is quilted ceramic. Carol Besler, Forbes, 25 June 2022 Available in four sizes decked out in either metallic racing lacquer or high-tech carbon fiber, the storage unit can be customized with the buyer’s color of choice. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 19 Nov. 2021 Also, the extraction technique of the lacquer is named an Intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. Akiko Katayama, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Luxury materials include Calacatta gold marble mosaic floors, designed in a diamond pattern with a polished nickel trim, as well as Breccia Capraia marble, Calacatta black marble accents, white lacquer on the vanities and so much more. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 6 Apr. 2022 The latter references the very first Phantom wheel and is available in polished stainless or black lacquer. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 12 May 2022 Along with the aforementioned working parts, the Lego model has rolling wheels covered in silver lacquer. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 24 May 2022 Here in a Beverly Hills home, designer Oliver M. Furth painted the ceiling in Pratt & Lambert’s high-gloss lacquer in Gun Powder. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, 20 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If baking soda in boiling water doesn’t work, lacquer thinner from a paint store almost certainly would. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2022 And like a lot of hokum, Barry Levinson’s lacquered ode to the majesty of baseball — and Robert Redford — is still hard to resist. Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2020 The book showcases photographs of 250 striking objects: lacquered chopsticks, bento boxes, stainless steel teapots, calligraphy brushes, Shoji sliding doors, Sori Yanagi butterfly stools, Issey Miyake kimonos, and Kikkoman soy sauce bottles. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Mar. 2020 In the house on Bainbridge Island where Ms. Gooden lives with her husband, Bill LeMire, Ms. Gooden has Hisaye’s iron kettle, bamboo ladles and lacquered natsume (wooden canisters) for tea ceremony. Hannah Kirshner, New York Times, 24 Dec. 2019 Old wood end tables can be lacquered black for a classic look. Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2020 The original moldings in the library are lacquered in a high-gloss aubergine, which offsets artworks by Rose Wylie and David Benjamin Sherry. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, 17 Oct. 2019 Curving walls, lacquered wood, marble, granite, porcelain tile, curving glass, new roof. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 7 Dec. 2019 Near the front was a gorgeous, community wood table, lacquered and smooth after being kiln-baked in Mexico. Michael Mayo,, 12 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of lacquer


1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lacquer


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

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lac·​quer | \ ˈla-kər How to pronounce lacquer (audio) \

Kids Definition of lacquer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


lacquered; lacquering

Kids Definition of lacquer (Entry 2 of 2)

: to coat with lacquer

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