- wood, especially oak and usually in the form of paneling, for lining interior walls.
- the lining itself, especially as covering the lower portion of a wall.
- a dado, especially of wood, lining an interior wall.
- British. oak of superior quality and cut, imported from the Baltic countries for fine woodwork.
- to line the walls of (a room, hallway, etc.) with or as if with woodwork: a room wainscoted in oak.
Origin of wainscot
Examples from the Web for wainscot
Wet the wainscot all over with a brush dipped in the mixture, and when dry, rub it bright: this will give it a fine gloss.
If he should come to wed my daughter after pinning me to the wainscot of my own hall may I be for ever damned.The Tavern Knight
The wrench upon it had already pulled the bodkin from the wainscot.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
Then opening a door in the wainscot near the fireplace he flung it in.Elsie Marley, Honey
And with a crayon he made drawings on the wainscot of the room.Art in England
- Also called: wainscoting, wainscotting a lining applied to the walls of a room, esp one of wood panelling
- the lower part of the walls of a room, esp when finished in a material different from the upper part
- fine quality oak used as wainscot
- (tr) to line (a wall of a room) with a wainscot
Word Origin and History for wainscot
mid-14c., "imported oak of superior quality," probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Flemish waghenscote "superior quality oak wood, board used for paneling" (though neither of these is attested as early as the English word), related to Middle Low German wagenschot (late 14c.), from waghen (see wagon) + scote "partition, crossbar." So called perhaps because the wood originally was used for wagon building and coachwork. Meaning "panels lining the walls of rooms" is recorded from 1540s. Wainscoting is from 1570s.