What does veneer mean?

Definitions for veneervəˈnɪər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word veneer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. veneer, veneering(noun)

    coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood glued to a base of inferior wood

  2. facing, veneer(verb)

    an ornamental coating to a building

  3. veneer(verb)

    cover with veneer

    "veneer the furniture to protect it"


  1. veneer(Noun)

    A thin decorative covering of fine wood applied to coarser wood or other material.

  2. veneer(Noun)

    An attractive appearance that covers or disguises true nature or feelings.

  3. veneer(Verb)

    To apply veneer.

  4. Origin: From Furnier, from furnieren, from fournir, from fornir, from fornir, furnir, from Old *, from frumjanan. Cognate with frumjan, frummen, fremian. More at furnish.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Veneer(verb)

    to overlay or plate with a thin layer of wood or other material for outer finish or decoration; as, to veneer a piece of furniture with mahogany. Used also figuratively

  2. Veneer(verb)

    a thin leaf or layer of a more valuable or beautiful material for overlaying an inferior one, especially such a thin leaf of wood to be glued to a cheaper wood; hence, external show; gloss; false pretense

  3. Origin: [G. furnieren, fourniren, fr. F. fournir to furnish. See Furnish.]


  1. Veneer

    Veneer is the debut album by the Swedish singer-songwriter José González. It was released on October 29, 2003 in Sweden; April 25, 2005 in the rest of Europe; and on September 6, 2005 in the United States. It has sold over 700,000 copies around the world and went platinum in the UK.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Veneer

    ve-nēr′, v.t. to overlay or face with another and superior wood: to cover with a thin coating of any substance other than wood: to disguise with artificial attractiveness.—n. a thin coating, as of wood: false show or charm.—ns. Veneer′-cut′ter, a machine for cutting veneers from the block of wood; Veneer′ing, the act or art of overlaying an inferior wood with thin leaves of a more valuable kind: the thin leaf thus laid on. [Formerly fineer; corr. from Ger. furniren—O. Fr. fornir (Fr. fournir), It. fornire, to furnish.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of veneer in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of veneer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Lahr:

    Accustomed to the veneer of noise, to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations, and market research, society is suspicious of those who value silence.

  2. Sunny Hostin:

    I think when you have a Mike Pence who now sort of puts this religious veneer on things and calls people ‘values voters,’ I think we’re in a dangerous situation.

  3. Sunny Hostin:

    He’s not very popular at all, i think when you have a Mike Pence who now sort of puts this religious veneer on things and calls people ‘values voters,’ I think we’re in a dangerous situation.

  4. Jim Webb:

    [There's a] breakdown in how we tend to think in this country that we have solved the racial and ethnic differences, and we really haven't. We've created a veneer over the top on all racial and gender issues in the country.

  5. Steve Jobs:

    Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

Images & Illustrations of veneer

  1. veneerveneerveneer

Translations for veneer

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • dýhaCzech
  • finer, finereDanish
  • Furnier, Fassade, furnierenGerman
  • επικολλώ, επίχρισμα, επίφαση, επικόλλημα, επιχρίωGreek
  • chapar, chapeado, contrachapado, barniz, chapa de madera, chapear, enchapar, chapaSpanish
  • روکش, روکش چوبیPersian
  • julkisivu, viiluFinnish
  • vernis, placage, vernirFrench
  • veinírIrish
  • cur aachrackan er, aachrackan, aachoodaghManx
  • פורנירHebrew
  • impiallacciaturaItalian
  • papa tīhoreMāori
  • fineerDutch
  • finér, fernissNorwegian
  • fornirPolish
  • folhear, folheadoPortuguese
  • видимость, облицовывать, придавать внешний лоск, показуха, шпон, однослойная фанера, внешний лоск, маскировать, налётRussian
  • фурнир, оплатица, oplatica, furnirSerbo-Croatian
  • dyhaSlovak
  • fanera, faner, fasadSwedish
  • ağaç kaplama, ahşap kaplama, kaplama tahtasıTurkish

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