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Etymology [ edit ]
German , from Furnier furnieren ( “ to inlay, cover with a veneer ” ), from French fournir ( “ to furnish, accomplish ” ), from Middle French , from fornir 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 .
Pronunciation [ edit ]
veneer ( , countable and uncountable plural )
A thin decorative
covering of fine material (usually 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.
2014 December 5, " Joy From the World," The New York Times Magazine (retrieved 6 December 2014):
“Yalda,” Dabashi says, “has managed to survive the centuries because it has been gently recodified with a Muslim veneer.”
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thin covering of fine wood
aachrackan , m aachoodagh m Maori:
papa tīhore Norwegian:
finér m Persian:
روکش (fa) روکش چوبی Polish:
fornir (pl) m Portuguese:
folheado , m lâmina de madeira f Russian:
шпон (ru) m ( špon ), односло́йная фане́ра f ( odnoslójnaja fanéra ) Serbo-Croatian:
фурнир , m оплатица f Roman: furnir (sh) , m oplatica (sh) f Slovak:
dyha (sk) f Spanish:
chapa (es) , f chapa de madera , f chapeado (es) , m contrachapado m Swedish:
faner (sv) n Turkish:
ağaç kaplama , (tr) , ahşap kaplama kaplama tahtası Welsh: argaen f
covering or disguising appearance
veneer ( third-person singular simple present , veneers present participle , veneering simple past and past participle )
( transitive , woodworking ) To apply veneer to.
to veneer a piece of furniture with mahogany ( transitive , figuratively ) To disguise with apparent goodness.
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