[ pan-l ]
/ ˈpæn l /


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

Nearby words

  1. paned,
  2. paneer,
  3. panegyric,
  4. panegyrist,
  5. panegyrize,
  6. panel beater,
  7. panel discussion,
  8. panel heating,
  9. panel house,
  10. panel lighting

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


[ pan-l-ing ]
/ ˈpæn l ɪŋ /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for panelling


US paneling

/ (ˈpænəlɪŋ) /


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


/ (ˈpænəl) /


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

Word Origin for panel

C13: from Old French: portion, from pan piece of cloth, from Latin pannus; see pane 1

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Word Origin and History for panelling
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