Definitions for lacquerˈlæk ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lac•querˈlæk ər(n.)

  1. a protective coating consisting of a resin, cellulose ester, or both, dissolved in a volatile solvent sometimes with pigment added.

    Category: Furniture

  2. any of various resinous varnishes used to produce a highly polished, lustrous surface on wood.

    Category: Furniture

  3. Also called lac′quer•ware`. ware, esp. of wood, coated with such a varnish and often inlaid.

    Category: Furniture

  4. (v.t.)to coat with lacquer.

  5. to cover, as with facile or fluent words or explanations cleverly worded, etc.; obscure the faults of; gloss (often fol. by over):

    The speech tended to lacquer over the terrible conditions.

Origin of lacquer:

1570–80; earlier leckar, laker < Pg lacre, lacar, alter. of laca < Ar lakk < Pers lâklac1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. lacquer(noun)

    a black resinous substance obtained from certain trees and used as a natural varnish

  2. lacquer(verb)

    a hard glossy coating

  3. lacquer(verb)

    coat with lacquer

    "A lacquered box from China"


  1. lacquer(Noun)

    A glossy, resinous material used as a surface coating; either a natural exudation of certain trees, or a solution of nitrocellulose in alcohol, etc.

  2. lacquer(Noun)

    A similar finish, baked onto the inside of cans.

  3. lacquer(Verb)

    To apply a lacquer to something or to give something a smooth, glossy finish.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lacquer(noun)

    a varnish, consisting of a solution of shell-lac in alcohol, often colored with gamboge, saffron, or the like; -- used for varnishing metals, papier-mache, and wood. The name is also given to varnishes made of other ingredients, esp. the tough, solid varnish of the Japanese, with which ornamental objects are made

  2. Lacquer(verb)

    to cover with lacquer


  1. Lacquer

    In a general sense, lacquer is a somewhat imprecise term for a clear or coloured wood finish that dries by solvent evaporation. It is also often a curing process as well that produces a hard, durable finish. This finish can be of any sheen level from ultra matte to high gloss, and it can be further polished as required. It is also used for "lacquer paint", which typically denotes a paint that dries to a more than usually hard and smooth surface. The term lacquer originates from the Sanskrit word laksha meaning "one hundred thousand", which was used for both the Lac insect and the scarlet resinous secretion it produces that was used as wood finish in ancient India and neighbouring areas. In terms of modern products, lac-based finishes are referred to as shellac, while lacquer refers to other polymers dissolved in volatile organic compounds, such as nitrocellulose, and later acrylic compounds dissolved in lacquer thinner, a mixture of several solvents typically containing butyl acetate and xylene or toluene. While both lacquer and shellac are traditional finishes, lacquer is more durable than shellac. In terms of the decorative arts, lacquerware refers to variety of techniques used to decorate wood, metal or other surfaces, some involving carving into deep coatings of many layers of lacquer.

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a type of varnish

He painted the iron table with black lacquer.

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