verb (used with object), pan·eled, pan·el·ing or (especially British) pan·elled, pan·el·ling.

Origin of panel

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French panel a piece (of anything), diminutive of pan piece of cloth or the like. See pane, -elle
Related formsre·pan·el, verb (used with object), re·pan·eled, re·pan·el·ing or (especially British) re·pan·elled, re·pan·el·ling.sub·pan·el, nounun·pan·eled, adjectiveun·pan·elled, adjective
Can be confusedboard committee council panel trust

Usage note




wood or other material made into panels.
a surface of panels, especially of decorative wood or woodlike panels.
panels collectively.
Also especially British, pan·el·ling.

Origin of paneling

First recorded in 1815–25; panel + -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for panelling

Historical Examples of panelling

British Dictionary definitions for panelling


US paneling


panels collectively, as on a wall or ceiling
material used for making panels



a flat section of a wall, door, etc
any distinct section or component of something formed from a sheet of material, esp of a car body, the spine of a book, etc
a piece of material inserted in a skirt, dress, etc
  1. a group of persons selected to act as a team in a quiz, to judge a contest, to discuss a topic before an audience, etc
  2. (as modifier)a panel game
a public discussion by such a groupa panel on public health
  1. a list of persons summoned for jury service
  2. the persons on a specific jury
Scots law a person indicted or accused of crime after appearing in court
  1. a thin board used as a surface or backing for an oil painting
  2. a painting done on such a surface
any picture with a length much greater than its breadth
(formerly, in Britain)
  1. a list of patients insured under the National Health Insurance Scheme
  2. a list of medical practitioners within a given area available for consultation by these patients
on the panel British informal receiving sickness benefit, esp from the government

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (tr)

to furnish or decorate with panels
to divide into panels
  1. to empanel (a jury)
  2. (in Scotland) to bring (a person) to trial; indict

Word Origin for panel

C13: from Old French: portion, from pan piece of cloth, from Latin pannus; see pane 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for panelling

also paneling, 1800, verbal noun from panel (v.).



early 14c., from Old French panel "piece of cloth, piece, saddle cushion" (Modern French panneau), from Vulgar Latin *pannellus, diminutive of Latin pannus "piece of cloth" (see pane). Anglo-French legalese sense of "piece of parchment (cloth) listing jurors" led by late 14c. to meaning "jury." General sense of "persons called on to advise, judge, discuss," etc. is from 1570s. Sense of "distinct part of surface of a wall, door, etc." is first recorded c.1600.



mid-15c., "to empanel," from panel (n.). From 1630s as "to furnish (a room) with panels." Related: Paneled; paneling; panelling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper