the process, act, or craft of applying veneers.
material applied as a veneer.
the surface formed by the application of veneers.
a superficial covering, display, or appearance: a veneering of civilization.

Origin of veneering

First recorded in 1700–10; veneer + -ing1




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.

verb (used with object)

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

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 veneering

Historical Examples of veneering

  • I had thought that at least it would be caked on the outside of it like a kind of veneering.

    Roughing It

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Cut into thin sheets, the wood is used for veneering furniture.

  • It has a long record before it reaches what we now know as veneering.

    Chats on Old Clocks

    Arthur Hayden

  • If a person be honest and trustworthy, the art of veneering is almost beyond his grasp.

  • Small trees I have protected from rabbits by stalks, paper, or veneering.

    The Apple


British Dictionary definitions for veneering



material used as veneer or a veneered surface
rare a superficial show



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 veneering



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

veneering 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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