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veneer

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noun ve·neer \və-ˈnir\

Definition of veneer

  1. 1 :  a thin sheet of a material: such asa :  a layer of wood of superior value or excellent grain to be glued to an inferior woodb :  any of the thin layers bonded together to form plywoodc :  a plastic or porcelain coating bonded to the surface of a cosmetically imperfect tooth

  2. 2 :  a protective or ornamental facing (as of brick or stone)

  3. 3 :  a superficial or deceptively attractive appearance, display, or effect :  facade, gloss a veneer of tolerance

Examples of veneer in a Sentence

  1. a wall with a stone veneer

  2. a dresser with mahogany veneer

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Origin and Etymology of veneer

noun derivative of 2veneer, or borrowed directly from German (17th-century) furner, fornier (modern Furnier), noun derivative of fourniren, furniren “to apply thin strips of wood or other material (to cabinetwork, etc.)” — more at veneering

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veneer

verb ve·neer

Definition of veneer

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to overlay or plate (a surface, as of a common sort of wood) with a thin layer of finer wood for outer finish or decoration; broadly :  to face with a material giving a superior surface

  3. 2 :  to cover over with a veneer; especially :  to conceal (something, such as a defect of character) under a superficial and deceptive attractiveness

veneerer

noun

Examples of veneer in a Sentence

  1. The cabinet was veneered in oak.

Origin and Etymology of veneer

back-formation from veneering

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VENEER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of veneer for English Language Learners

  • : a thin layer of wood or other material that is attached to the surface of something in order to make it look better

  • : a way of behaving or appearing that gives other people a false idea of your true feelings or situation

veneer

verb

Definition of veneer for English Language Learners

  • : to cover (something) with a veneer


VENEER Defined for Kids

veneer

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noun ve·neer \və-ˈnir\

Definition of veneer for Students

  1. :  a layer of material that provides a finer surface or a stronger structure


Medical Dictionary

veneer

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noun ve·neer \və-ˈni(ə)r\

Medical Definition of veneer

  1. :  a plastic or porcelain coating bonded to the surface of a cosmetically imperfect tooth



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