- a thin layer of wood or other material for facing or inlaying wood.
- any of the thin layers of wood glued together to form plywood.
- Building Trades. a facing of a certain material applied to a different one or to a type of construction not ordinarily associated with it, as a facing of brick applied to a frame house.
- a superficially valuable or pleasing appearance: a cruel person with a veneer of kindliness.
verb (used with object)
- to overlay or face (wood) with thin sheets of some material, as a fine wood, ivory, or tortoise shell.
- to face or cover (an object) with any material that is more desirable as a surface material than the basic material of the object; revet.
- to cement (layers of wood veneer) to form plywood.
- to give a superficially valuable or pleasing appearance to.
- a thin layer of wood, plastic, etc, with a decorative or fine finish that is bonded to the surface of a less expensive material, usually wood
- a superficial appearance, esp one that is pleasinga veneer of gentility
- any facing material that is applied to a different backing material
- any one of the layers of wood that is used to form plywood
- to cover (a surface) with a veneer
- to bond together (thin layers of wood) to make plywood
- to conceal (something) under a superficially pleasant surface
1702, from German Furnier, from furnieren “to cover with a veneer, inlay,” from French fournir “to furnish, accomplish,” from Middle French fornir “to furnish,” from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German frumjan “to provide;” see furnish). A word batted back and forth from German to French to German. Figurative sense of “mere outward show of some good quality” is attested from 1868. The verb is recorded from 1728.
- A layer of tooth-colored material, usually porcelain or acrylic resin, attached to and covering the surface of a metal crown or natural tooth structure.