What does lacquer mean?

Definitions for lacquerˈlæk ər

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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

  3. Origin: [F. lacre a sort of sealing wax, Pg. lacte, fr. laca lac. See Lac the resin.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lacquer

    Lacker, lak′ėr, n. a varnish made of lac and alcohol.—v.t. to cover with lacquer: to varnish.—ns. Lac′querer, one who varnishes or covers with lacquer; Lac′quering, the act of varnishing with lacquer: a coat of lacquer varnish. [Fr. lacre—Port. lacre, laca—Pers. lac, lac.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lacquer in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lacquer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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