- a thin layer of wood or other material for facing or inlaying wood.
- any of the thin layers of wood glued together to form plywood.
- Building Trades. a facing of a certain material applied to a different one or to a type of construction not ordinarily associated with it, as a facing of brick applied to a frame house.
- a superficially valuable or pleasing appearance: a cruel person with a veneer of kindliness.
- to overlay or face (wood) with thin sheets of some material, as a fine wood, ivory, or tortoise shell.
- to face or cover (an object) with any material that is more desirable as a surface material than the basic material of the object; revet.
- to cement (layers of wood veneer) to form plywood.
- to give a superficially valuable or pleasing appearance to.
Origin of veneer
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Related Wordslayer, semblance, mask, gloss, coating, exterior, facade, guise, finish, leaf, covering, appearance, overlay, cover, surface, face, disguise, show, blanch, plate
Examples from the Web for veneer
But now that veneer is gone, and what remains is a callow man-child at odds with himself.What's Happened to Don Draper? Why Everyone’s Favorite ‘Mad Men’ Stud Needs His Mojo Back
April 16, 2014
Of course, the fact that Tris faces and eviscerates her own anxiety lends the simulation scene a veneer of victory and autonomy.Sex Won’t Kill Young Adult Heroines: ‘Divergent’ and Rape Culture
March 28, 2014
Some of his preciousness is a veneer, however, for his fatalistic streak.Ralph Fiennes Discusses ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ J. Lo, and That ‘Seinfeld’ Episode
March 6, 2014
But that veneer hides an inner drive so powerful that it risks turning on itself.Are Female Long-Distance Runners More Prone To Suicidal Depression?
Emily de la Bruyere
February 3, 2014
While it upholds a veneer of pretending that the Arab spring has benefitted Iran, in reality the opposite holds true.Tehran's Pitiful Bid For Attention
September 21, 2012
Or is it a factory, disguised with a veneer of the Puginesque?The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
A second time I glimpsed the Slav behind his veneer of civilization.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
Some have no veneer like this boor, and some have the polish, but they are all the same underneath.In Apple-Blossom Time
Clara Louise Burnham
Truthfulness is essential to culture, which, without it, will be only a veneer.Girls and Women
Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
This veneer had come unloosened in many places and was split up.Jewish Children
Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
- a thin layer of wood, plastic, etc, with a decorative or fine finish that is bonded to the surface of a less expensive material, usually wood
- a superficial appearance, esp one that is pleasinga veneer of gentility
- any facing material that is applied to a different backing material
- any one of the layers of wood that is used to form plywood
- to cover (a surface) with a veneer
- to bond together (thin layers of wood) to make plywood
- to conceal (something) under a superficially pleasant surface
Word Origin and History for veneer
1702, from German Furnier, from furnieren "to cover with a veneer, inlay," from French fournir "to furnish, accomplish," from Middle French fornir "to furnish," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German frumjan "to provide;" see furnish). A word batted back and forth from German to French to German. Figurative sense of "mere outward show of some good quality" is attested from 1868. The verb is recorded from 1728.
- A layer of tooth-colored material, usually porcelain or acrylic resin, attached to and covering the surface of a metal crown or natural tooth structure.