ship·​lap | \ ˈship-ˌlap How to pronounce shiplap (audio) \

Definition of shiplap

: wooden sheathing in which the boards are rabbeted so that the edges of each board lap over the edges of adjacent boards to make a flush joint

Examples of shiplap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Embrace the simplicity and classic style of a farmhouse Christmas—no shiplap required! Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Aug. 2022 Vertical shiplap was painted to match the kitchen cabinetry in Shadow White by Farrow & Ball. Amanda Sims Clifford, House Beautiful, 28 July 2022 Montgomery says shiplap should always be painted after it's installed. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 June 2022 To score that lived-in comfort, designer April Tomlin relied on a soft blue-green hue—Retreat by Sherwin Williams—in the basement entertaining area, finishing the shiplap walls with a sampling of Rhett's cowboy hat collection. Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 21 July 2022 Most significantly, after replacing the original studs and floor joists and adding insulation, the architect applied the old studs to the new shiplap walls and ceilings. Marni Elyse Katz,, 16 June 2022 Preserving the best of the old—lime-washed brick, shiplap siding, a charming cupola—Blackband brought in the new. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 The parent suite has a spa-like bathroom with a zen soaking tub, custom cabinets and rock tile floors, while the kids’ bathroom has been dressed up with new tile and shiplap. oregonlive, 17 May 2022 The goal was/is to add a second story laundry room above our existing kitchen and transform our unfinished attic into a dreamy bed-and-bath suite, complete with a shiplap fireplace. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 7 May 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shiplap.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of shiplap

1895, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About shiplap

Time Traveler for shiplap

Time Traveler

The first known use of shiplap was in 1895

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near shiplap




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for shiplap

Last Updated

9 Sep 2022

Cite this Entry

“Shiplap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!