Definition of veneer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//vəˈnɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//vəˈnɪr//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a thin layer of wood or plastic that is glued to the surface of cheaper wood, especially on a piece of furniture pine, with a walnut veneer The chest is solid oak, not veneer.
  2. 2[singular] veneer (of something) (formal) an outer appearance of a particular quality that hides the true nature of somebody/something Her veneer of politeness began to crack.
  3. Word Originearly 18th cent. (earlier as fineer): from German furni(e)ren, from Old French fournir ‘furnish’.Extra examples He concealed his darker side behind a veneer of respectability. He managed to acquire a thin veneer of knowledge to mask his real ignorance. The lyrics strip the veneer of respectability from the music They have stripped the veneer of jingoism from the play, by showing war in its true horror. They’re brutal people behind their civilized veneer. Some of the frames are inlaid with veneers. The chest is made of mahogany with a veneer of rosewood.
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