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

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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 In addition to their classic BASIS fronts (which come in veneer, linoleum, and painted finishes, all outfitted with signature milled-in handles), this Danish retailer turns out eye-catching options for those unafraid of a little drama. House Beautiful, "The Best Custom Fronts for Ikea Cabinets," 8 May 2020 As cracks show in China’s veneer of stability, even some with ties to the party leadership are calling for those in power to shine light on divisions rather than papering them over. New York Times, "Coronavirus Crisis Exposes Cracks in China’s Facade of Unity," 28 Jan. 2020 Beneath the casual veneer, though, is a pulsating anxiety of second-round picks and undrafted free agents and guys who have spent a few seasons in the wilds of overseas basketball, all scratching and clawing, hooping and hoping. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Chasing the dream at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas," 15 July 2019 The amendments already have been approved by lawmakers but the government wanted nationwide balloting to give the changes a democratic veneer. Daria Litvinova, The Christian Science Monitor, "Putin's political agenda on hold as he faces virus backlash," 13 Apr. 2020 So the need to maintain that veneer, and yet of course what's going on internally is a huge conflict for her. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Killing Eve producer explains shocking death in season 3 premiere," 13 Apr. 2020 Each geometric design is made with a mix of Beech veneer, MDF and cork. Summer Cartwright, Better Homes & Gardens, "Deal Alert! Nordstrom Is Having a Massive Kitchen Sale with Items Up to 60% Off," 10 Apr. 2020 And that may be where the rest of the country is headed: a corrupt, authoritarian regime with a thin veneer of fake democratic procedures. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Wisconsin Republicans' deadly power grab," 7 Apr. 2020 His two front teeth, casualties of a stick blade to the face, are replaced with veneers. Robert Klemko, Anchorage Daily News, "A former NHL goon used Twitter to create a hockey-abuse hotline. His inbox exploded.," 20 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Heavy-metal space volcanoes may have forged gem-studded meteorites," 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, "A New Twist on Artificial Muscles," 11 July 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, "A New Twist on Artificial Muscles," 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, "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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Time Traveler for veneer

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The first known use of veneer was in 1702

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16 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Veneer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/veneer. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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veneer

noun
How to pronounce veneer (audio)

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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