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lacquer

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noun lac·quer \ˈla-kər\

Definition of lacquer

  1. 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. 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 in a sentence

  1. Many coats of lacquer were applied to the table.

Origin and Etymology of lacquer

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


First Known Use: 1592


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lacquer

verb lac·quer

Definition of lacquer

lacquered

lacquering

play \-k(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to coat with or as if with lacquer

  3. 2 :  to give a smooth finish or appearance to :  make glossy <lacquered her hair>

lacquerer

play \-kər-ər\ noun

1688

First Known Use of lacquer

1688


LACQUER Defined for English Language Learners

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lacquer

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noun lac·quer \ˈla-kər\

Definition of lacquer for English Language Learners

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


LACQUER Defined for Kids

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lacquer

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noun lac·quer \ˈla-kər\

Definition of lacquer for Students

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


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lacquer

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verb lac·quer

Definition of lacquer for Students

lacquered

lacquering

  1. :  to coat with lacquer


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