- 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
Origin of wainscoting
Examples from the Web for wainscotting
The walls of the room have a 3-inch baseboard, but no wainscotting.The Fairfax County Courthouse
Ross D. Netherton
Mr. Parsons in vain took down the wainscotting, to see whether some mischievous neighbour produced the sounds.Cock Lane and Common-Sense
Wainscotting with compartments rise to the sills of the windows, and is continued to the high pace.Chelsea
The inner seats for these were often part of the wainscotting, and in any case there would be no passage behind them.Brief Lives (Vol. 2 of 2)
You may as well go down to the kitchen for a pail of hot water and begin with the wainscotting in the hall.'Chatterbox, 1905.
- 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 wainscotting
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.