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[weyn-skuh t, -skot, -skoht] /ˈweɪn skət, -skɒt, -skoʊt/
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.
verb (used with object), wainscoted, wainscoting or (especially British) wainscotted, wainscotting.
to line the walls of (a room, hallway, etc.) with or as if with woodwork:
a room wainscoted in oak.
Origin of wainscot
1325-75; Middle English < Middle Low German or Middle Dutch wagenschot, equivalent to wagen wain + schot (< ?)
Related forms
unwainscoted, adjective
unwainscotted, adjective Unabridged
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  • The young man rose and walked to the wainscot and back again.

    Tales of the Chesapeake George Alfred Townsend
  • In the wainscot of the room a deathwatch ticked its doleful omen.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • The wrench upon it had already pulled the bodkin from the wainscot.

  • Then opening a door in the wainscot near the fireplace he flung it in.

    Elsie Marley, Honey Joslyn Gray
  • The framing of the front and ends of these sideboards is in detail exactly like the ordinary Jacobean wall panelling or wainscot.

  • And with a crayon he made drawings on the wainscot of the room.

    Art in England Dutton Cook
  • The wainscot here, in one place, is scored all over with their pencil-marks.

  • The carpet was of a biscuit colour and covered the room flush to the wainscot.

    The Daffodil Mystery Edgar Wallace
  • Feasting his eyes on the beautiful out-doors does not prevent his attention to the slightest noise in the wainscot.

    Backlog Studies Charles Dudley Warner
  • If open, I walked round and round the room, brushing the wainscot with my tail.

    Cat and Dog Julia Charlotte Maitland
British Dictionary definitions for wainscot


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
(transitive) to line (a wall of a room) with a wainscot
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Low German wagenschot, perhaps from wagenwagon + schot planking, related to German Scheit piece of wood
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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