veneer

1 of 2

noun

ve·​neer və-ˈnir How to pronounce veneer (audio)
1
: a thin sheet of a material: such as
a
: a layer of wood of superior value or excellent grain to be glued to an inferior wood
b
: any of the thin layers bonded together to form plywood
c
: a plastic or porcelain coating bonded to the surface of a cosmetically imperfect tooth
2
: a protective or ornamental facing (as of brick or stone)
3
: a superficial or deceptively attractive appearance, display, or effect : facade, gloss
a veneer of tolerance

veneer

2 of 2

verb

veneered; veneering; veneers

transitive verb

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
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

Noun a wall with a stone veneer a dresser with mahogany veneer Verb The cabinet was veneered in oak.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Made with American poplar solid wood, maple veneers and butcher-block solid tambour doors. Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Though cloaked in an elder statesman’s veneer of respectability, Irons’s Westwyld symbolizes the venal revolving door between the public and private sectors. Giancarlo Sopo, National Review, 13 Jan. 2024 To make these homemade Christmas decorations, paint one side of lightweight wood veneer paper with a bright color. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Nov. 2023 Using a delicate magnetic caliper employed by violin makers to measure in millimeters an instrument’s walls and veneers, the conservators tracked the wood’s thickness at short intervals along the crack. Christopher Knight, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Jan. 2024 Very closely following his beautiful veneers, very closely following her five tattoos. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 23 Jan. 2024 The fact that Panama ascended to the chair of the U.N.’s International Maritime Authority (IMO) this year provides an additional veneer of legitimacy. Mark D. Wallace, National Review, 4 Jan. 2024 In the arena of Washington, DC, lawmaking and lawbreaking is a fanatical kind of entertainment, a warped experiment that, in recent years, has taken on the veneer of blind zealotry. Jason Parham, WIRED, 1 Dec. 2023 Spearheaded by Andreas Martin-Löf, the interior features walnut and limestone veneers, sleek, modern furnishings, and cleverly integrated lighting. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 8 Jan. 2024
Verb
Your table is almost certainly veneered, meaning that the top has a thin layer of beautiful wood glued to a base material, which could be plywood or particleboard. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2023 And if Psyche does have a rocky mantle, ferrovolcanic seeps could have veneered it with metal from the asteroid’s core. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, 18 Sep. 2019 Some sported muscle sheaths that swell when exposed to ethanol vapor; others were veneered with a material that shrinks when soaked in a glucose solution. Sid Perkins, Scientific American, 11 July 2019 A stair leads to the spacious main level, with its Brazilian-walnut floors and open red-oak-veneered kitchen bracketed by the living room and dining room, both of which open onto ipe decks. Aric Chen, ELLE Decor, 31 Oct. 2008 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

noun derivative of veneer entry 2, 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

Verb

back-formation from veneering

First Known Use

Noun

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of veneer was in 1702

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Cite this Entry

“Veneer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/veneer. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

veneer

1 of 2 noun
ve·​neer və-ˈni(ə)r How to pronounce veneer (audio)
1
: a thin layer of wood bonded to other wood usually to provide a finer surface or a stronger structure
2
: a protective or ornamental facing (as of brick)

veneer

2 of 2 verb
: to cover with a veneer

Medical Definition

veneer

noun
ve·​neer və-ˈni(ə)r How to pronounce veneer (audio)
: a plastic or porcelain coating bonded to the surface of a cosmetically imperfect tooth

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