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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The walls of the lobby at Mr. C Coconut Grove will feature gloss timber paneling. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "A famous Italian family is opening its first Florida hotel in Coconut Grove — and soon," 26 June 2018 The interior uses knotty pine paneling to provide a natural look, and the vinyl floor is easy to sweep out to keep clean. Megan Barber, Curbed, "DIY camper van cost just $18K to build," 13 Apr. 2018 The lobby of the club, with its chandeliers and finely crafted wood paneling, was once a grand gateway for Detroit’s elite. John L. Dorman, New York Times, "In Energized Detroit, Savoring an Architectural Legacy," 26 Mar. 2018 Wood facades break up the monotony of green and stainless steel on doors and paneling. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Come Take a Tour of America's Newest Nuclear Submarine," 7 Jan. 2019 Giant skylights also create an airy ambiance, but the home feels cozy thanks to Rummer’s use of wood and paneling. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 11 best midcentury modern homes of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Facebook’s pop-up, a bright, tiny building with light wood paneling, sat a few feet off the holiday market path of Manhattan’s Bryant Park. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Facebook’s New York privacy pop-up was small, weird, and filled with sugar," 14 Dec. 2018 Last night’s venue was the fabulous It restaurant, Neptune, filled with quirky décor—think pink midcentury chairs, wood paneling, chandeliers. Vogue, "Wes Gordon and Lauren Santo Domingo Bring the Cheer Ahead of the Fashion Awards," 10 Dec. 2018 Inside, indirect light bathes the alder-wood paneling in warmth and tranquillity. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Helsinki holds its own among Nordic capitals," 18 Sep. 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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