[ weyn-skuh t, -skot, -skoht ]
/ ˈweɪn skət, -skɒt, -skoʊt /


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.

verb (used with object), wain·scot·ed, wain·scot·ing or (especially British) wain·scot·ted, wain·scot·ting.

to line the walls of (a room, hallway, etc.) with or as if with woodwork: a room wainscoted in oak.

Origin of wainscot

1325–75; Middle English < Middle Low German or Middle Dutch wagenschot, equivalent to wagen wain + schot (< ?)


un·wain·scot·ed, adjectiveun·wain·scot·ted, adjective

Definition for wainscotting (2 of 2)

[ weyn-skoh-ting, -skot-ing, -skuh-ting ]
/ ˈweɪn skoʊ tɪŋ, -skɒt ɪŋ, -skə tɪŋ /


paneling or woodwork with which rooms, hallways, etc., are wainscoted.
wainscots collectively.
Also especially British, wain·scot·ting [weyn-skuh-ting, -skot-ing] /ˈweɪn skə tɪŋ, -skɒt ɪŋ/.

Origin of wainscoting

First recorded in 1570–80; wainscot + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for wainscotting

/ (ˈweɪnskət) /


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 for wainscot

C14: from Middle Low German wagenschot, perhaps from wagen wagon + schot planking, related to German Scheit piece of wood
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