veneer

noun
ve·​neer | \ və-ˈnir How to pronounce veneer (audio) \

Definition of veneer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

verb
veneered; veneering; veneers

Definition of veneer (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from veneer

Verb

veneerer noun

Synonyms for veneer

Synonyms: Noun

facade (also façade), gloss, window dressing

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The international human rights regime depends on global cooperation, a veneer of accountability, and American funding. Anna Lind-guzik, Vox, "I’m a Jewish historian. Yes, we should call border detention centers “concentration camps.”," 20 June 2019 Beneath the opaque veneer that cult wineries like Bryant have strived to maintain, is that business model foundering in a changing wine market? Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: ‘Cult’ winery defends itself — and its value," 18 June 2019 But behind the veneer of a high-rolling North Korean card shark was a man supplementing his income with a job as an informant to the CIA, said two people familiar with his activities. Washington Post, "From casino playboy to slain CIA informant: The rise and fall of Kim Jong Un’s half brother," 13 June 2019 The veneer pays homage to P-Funk while lending credence to this notion that Halsey is a once-in-a-generation artist in need of protection, as so many people interviewed for this article suggested. Michael Slenske, latimes.com, "Lauren Halsey brings the funk to the L.A. art scene," 10 June 2019 When Big Little Lies debuted in 2017 as a miniseries, the scenes that belied its showy, Monterey-mommies-and-murder veneer were the moments when Celeste was in therapy, grappling with Perry’s violence and her seeming addiction to him. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Family Values of Big Little Lies," 7 June 2019 This machine allows the staff to perform a number of procedures, including crowns, veneers and inlays, in one visit rather than several. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "RB dental office focuses on preventative care," 6 June 2019 But as the decades went by, the veneer of normalcy began to fade as the sacrifices of my mother and our family in the Philippines came to the fore. Angeli Gabriel, National Geographic, "My mother's journey as an overseas Filipino worker," 10 May 2019 The Monitor's View Beneath the veneer of stability 30 years after the Tiananmen massacre, Chinese society continues to be restless in ways the party cannot always control. Christian Science Monitor, "Commentary," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "Building a Life Together," 31 Oct. 2008

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First Known Use of veneer

Noun

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for veneer

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

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veneer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of veneer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of veneer (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (something) with a veneer

veneer

noun
ve·​neer | \ və-ˈnir How to pronounce veneer (audio) \

Kids Definition of veneer

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

veneer

noun
ve·​neer | \ və-ˈni(ə)r How to pronounce veneer (audio) \

Medical Definition of veneer

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

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