wain·​scot·​ing | \ ˈwān-ˌskō-tiŋ How to pronounce wainscoting (audio) , -ˌskä- How to pronounce wainscoting (audio) , -skə- \
variants: or wainscotting

Definition of wainscoting

2 : material used to wainscot a surface

Examples of wainscoting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The living room and entry hall are painted the original eggshell white enamel while the dining room has South American mahogany beamed ceilings and panel wainscoting, according to historic documents. oregonlive, 20 May 2021 Most rooms are extra large, and with high finishes like marble, crystal and wainscoting. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 15 May 2021 In addition to items that could be easily cleared out — heavy drapery, plaid wallpaper, ornate light fixtures — there were more permanent anachronistic features such as raised panel cabinetry and beadboard wainscoting. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Mar. 2021 The entry stairway, clad in brick and wainscoting, leads down to the main living area with hardwood floors. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Apr. 2021 Wipe down the wainscoting to get off any soap splashes or grime. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2021 No furniture comes between us and the paintings and, absent the mansion’s wainscoting, everything is at eye level, with better lighting. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2021 That included installing new air conditioning, a new furnace, new plumbing, new carpeting, new paint, new bathrooms, new wainscoting and quartz countertops in the kitchen. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, 2 Mar. 2021 Neutral colors, shiplap wainscoting, fresh plants, and wrought iron accents are the tenets of modern farmhouse decor. Christie Calucchia, Southern Living, 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of wainscoting

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wainscoting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wainscoting. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wainscoting

US : wooden panels that cover the lower part of the walls of a room


variants: or wainscotting \ ˈwān-​ˌskō-​tiŋ , -​ˌskä-​ \

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