verb (used with object)

Origin of veneer

1695–1705; earlier fineering, faneering < German Fourni(e)rung, Furni(e)rung, equivalent to furni(e)ren to furnish (< French fournir) + -ung -ing1
Related formsve·neer·er, nounun·ve·neered, adjective

Synonyms for veneer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for veneer

Contemporary Examples of veneer

Historical Examples of veneer

  • Or is it a factory, disguised with a veneer of the Puginesque?

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for veneer



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

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsveneerer, noun

Word Origin for veneer

C17: from German furnieren to veneer, from Old French fournir to furnish
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

veneer in Medicine




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.
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