pan·el·ing | \ ˈpa-nᵊl-iŋ \
variants: or less commonly panelling

Definition of paneling 

: panels joined in a continuous surface especially : decorative wood panels so joined

Examples of paneling in a Sentence

The dining room had dark paneling.

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In 2015, for instance, a mural by Max Spivak was discovered beneath paneling in the 5 Bryant Park office tower in midtown Manhattan. Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State Office Building murals by pioneering artist in jeopardy," 10 Apr. 2018 The upper halves of the walls in this room are covered in Waverly wallpaper in a red rose motif, while the lower sections show off the recycled dining room paneling. Joan Walden,, "288 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury," 21 June 2018 The dark paneling of Christopher Oram's set transforms into a graphic-novel-style alpine landscape shot through with the menacing shadows of Natasha Katz's lighting. Charles Mcnulty,, "'Frozen' on Broadway: It's no 'Tempest' (or 'Lion King'), but the musical sings with sisterly appeal," 23 Mar. 2018 Among living areas is a a two-story living room that offers a fireplace and wet bar, and a formal dining room lined with wood paneling. Jack Flemming,, "Former Sonics star Shawn Kemp looks to sell lakeside retreat near Seattle," 4 July 2018 Anchoring one end, the living room is an intimate spot with a lower ceiling and Baltic birch plywood paneling. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Sisters build a relaxed summer retreat in coastal Maine," 15 June 2018 Repurposed doors are used for paneling in the basement and the walls are evidence of the sturdiness of construction. Joan Walden,, "288 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury," 21 June 2018 More from Mansion A study has paneling replicated from the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, and a great room has a handmade leaded glass transom window. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Baseball’s Tom Glavine Lists Longtime Atlanta Home," 21 May 2018 The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath penthouse has custom wood paneling that opens up for easy storage and an open-concept living room and kitchen area, designed by Soho Mews architect Gwathmey Siegel. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "Justin Timberlake Is Selling His Contemporary Soho Penthouse For $8 Million," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of paneling

1610, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of paneling

: square or rectangular pieces of wood that are joined together to cover a wall or ceiling


pan·el·ing | \ ˈpa-nᵊl-iŋ \

Kids Definition of paneling

: sections of material (as wood) joined in a continuous surface and used to cover a wall or ceiling

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