[ vuh-neer ]
/ vəˈnɪər /


verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. vendémiaire,
  2. vendôme,
  3. vene-,
  4. venectasia,
  5. venectomy,
  6. veneer patch,
  7. veneering,
  8. venenation,
  9. venene,
  10. venenose

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

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British Dictionary definitions for veneer


/ (vɪˈnɪə) /


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)

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.

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Medicine definitions for veneer


[ və-nîr ]


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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