Origin of wainscoting
- wood, especially oak and usually in the form of paneling, for lining interior walls.
- the lining itself, especially as covering the lower portion of a wall.
- a dado, especially of wood, lining an interior wall.
- British. oak of superior quality and cut, imported from the Baltic countries for fine woodwork.
- to line the walls of (a room, hallway, etc.) with or as if with woodwork: a room wainscoted in oak.
Origin of wainscot
Examples from the Web for wainscoting
For example, “If you're standing, it's the direction you should look to check out the wainscoting.”Behind the Scenes With the Team That Built Jeopardy's Watson
The Daily Beast
February 23, 2011
My father brought the wainscoting from an old English country-house in Dorsetshire.The Inn at the Red Oak
The doors were of mahogany as was likewise the wainscoting of the staircases.The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia
You tap the wainscoting of the hall with your umbrella: “Oak,” you impress upon her, “all oak.”They and I
Jerome K. Jerome
Has the wainscoting been examined lately, in the room you have put me in?Margaret Montfort
Laura E. Richards
Then he staggered back against the wainscoting of the bower.Eric Brighteyes
H. Rider Haggard
- Also called: wainscoting, wainscotting a lining applied to the walls of a room, esp one of wood panelling
- the lower part of the walls of a room, esp when finished in a material different from the upper part
- fine quality oak used as wainscot
- (tr) to line (a wall of a room) with a wainscot
Word Origin and History for wainscoting
mid-14c., "imported oak of superior quality," probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Flemish waghenscote "superior quality oak wood, board used for paneling" (though neither of these is attested as early as the English word), related to Middle Low German wagenschot (late 14c.), from waghen (see wagon) + scote "partition, crossbar." So called perhaps because the wood originally was used for wagon building and coachwork. Meaning "panels lining the walls of rooms" is recorded from 1540s. Wainscoting is from 1570s.