wainscot

noun
wain·​scot | \ ˈwān-skət How to pronounce wainscot (audio) , -ˌskōt, -ˌskät How to pronounce wainscot (audio) \

Definition of wainscot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 British : a fine grade of oak imported for woodwork
2a(1) : a usually paneled wooden lining of an interior wall
(2) : a lining of an interior wall irrespective of material
b : the lower three or four feet (about one meter) of an interior wall when finished differently from the remainder of the wall

wainscot

verb
wainscoted or wainscotted; wainscoting or wainscotting

Definition of wainscot (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to line with or as if with boards or paneling

Examples of wainscot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The décor is forest green and white wainscot paneling, with alpine modern furnishings, and printed camp blankets and rugs. Everett Potter, Forbes, 5 May 2022 The mildewed rugs, wainscot walls with paper pasted on them to keep out the cold. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2021 In the main-level bathroom, the couple placed an antique dresser mirror over the vanity and installed a beefy top rail on the wainscot. Janna Lufkin, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 June 2021 With a semigloss paint sheen, this board-and-batten wainscot is durable, cleans up easily, and is a nice contrast to the matte finish on the wall above. Pamela Porter, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 May 2021 The dining room is formal and 17 feet long with a crystal chandelier and more wainscot. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 19 Dec. 2020 Be sure the wainscot rectangles mimic the same width as those on the bench cabinet if possible. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 10 July 2020 Finish top of the wainscot rectangle with the window sill trim material or the 1x2 lumbar (measured, cut, and nailed in place). Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 10 July 2020 Among the four second-floor bedrooms is an enormous master with a fireplace, a walk-in closet with organizers and an en suite bathroom with a bead-board wainscot and partitions, and a soaking tub with a shower head. Julie Lasky, New York Times, 6 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Like a modern version of wainscoting, blue-gray paint covers the lower half of the hallway walls and doors, lining up with the base of the wall-mount bookshelves. Kit Selzer, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Apr. 2020 White wainscoting panels carry throughout the guest area. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, 9 Jan. 2020 Past a grey façade of stucco and concrete, the traditional-style home opens to 4,314 square feet of formal living spaces with dark hardwood floors, coffered ceilings and wainscoting. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2019 Replete with exterior walls, a functioning lime-green kitchen, a dining room with a table and a soda siphon, a living room with a fireplace and hardwood floors, wainscoting and whatnot. chicagotribune.com, 11 Oct. 2019 Past a grey façade of stucco and concrete, the traditional-style home opens to 4,314 square feet of formal living spaces with dark hardwood floors, coffered ceilings and wainscoting. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2019 Replete with exterior walls, a functioning lime-green kitchen, a dining room with a table and a soda siphon, a living room with a fireplace and hardwood floors, wainscoting and whatnot. chicagotribune.com, 11 Oct. 2019 Replete with exterior walls, a functioning lime-green kitchen, a dining room with a table and a soda siphon, a living room with a fireplace and hardwood floors, wainscoting and whatnot. chicagotribune.com, 11 Oct. 2019 Past a grey façade of stucco and concrete, the traditional-style home opens to 4,314 square feet of formal living spaces with dark hardwood floors, coffered ceilings and wainscoting. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of wainscot

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1570, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wainscot

Noun

Middle English, from Middle Dutch wagenschot, probably from wagen wagon + schot shot, crossbar

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“Wainscot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wainscot. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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wainscot

noun
wain·​scot | \ ˈwān-skət How to pronounce wainscot (audio) , -ˌskōt, -ˌskät \

Kids Definition of wainscot

: the bottom part of an inside wall especially when made of material different from the rest

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