From German Furnier, from furnieren (“to inlay, cover with a veneer”), from French fournir (“to furnish, accomplish”), from Middle French fornir, from Old French fornir, furnir (“to furnish”), from Old Frankish *frumjan (“to provide”), from Proto-Germanic *frumjaną (“to further, promote”). Cognate with Old High German frumjan, frummen (“to accomplish, execute, provide”), Old English fremian (“to promote, perform”). More at furnish.
veneer (plural veneers)
- A thin decorative covering of fine wood applied to coarser wood or other material.
1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess:
- A very neat old woman, still in her good outdoor coat and best beehive hat, was sitting at a polished mahogany table on whose surface there were several scored scratches so deep that a triangular piece of the veneer had come cleanly away, […].
- An attractive appearance that covers or disguises true nature or feelings.
- (woodworking) To apply veneer.
- to veneer a piece of furniture with mahogany
- (figuratively) To disguise with apparent goodness.
- As a rogue in grain / Veneered with sanctimonious theory.