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 dining room is formal and 17 feet long with a crystal chandelier and more wainscot. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Location of lavish $2.2M Birmingham home is a big selling point," 19 Dec. 2020 Be sure the wainscot rectangles mimic the same width as those on the bench cabinet if possible. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How to Build a Banquette for a Cozy Nook," 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, "Here's How to Build a Banquette for a Cozy Nook," 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, "$825,000 Homes in New Jersey, New Mexico and Wyoming," 6 May 2020 Rooms are lavishly trimmed with wainscot and molding. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$2.8M Bloomfield Township mansion is dramatic, inside and out," 25 Jan. 2020 Past this space is a tiled mudroom with a wood wainscot and a rear exterior door. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$550,000 Homes in New Jersey, Maine and Tennessee," 5 Feb. 2020 Open the pocket doors to the dining room, where under the box-beam ceiling are picture rails and wainscot. oregonlive, "Modest Mouse Isaac Brock’s Portland house since ‘Float On’ debuted is for sale at $1.3 million," 22 Jan. 2020 The room is so thoroughly trimmed with crown molding, wainscot, box molding and more that no space is left unadorned. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$1.18M Grosse Pointe mansion is original down to its fridge that takes up a wall," 18 Jan. 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, "Relaxing Shades of Blue Update This 1916 Home for an Atlanta Restaurant Duo," 24 Apr. 2020 White wainscoting panels carry throughout the guest area. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "From foreclosure to fabulous. Take a look at this Peoria home," 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, "Crocs creator Scott Seamans sells in Newport Beach," 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, "12 recommended Chicago shows to see right now," 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, "Crocs creator Scott Seamans sells in Newport Beach," 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, "12 recommended Chicago shows to see right now," 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, "12 recommended Chicago shows to see right now," 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, "Crocs creator Scott Seamans sells in Newport Beach," 8 Oct. 2019

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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 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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