- a wood lining or paneling on the walls of a room; sometimes, specif., such a paneling on the lower part of the walls only
- the lower part of the walls of a room when having a finish different from the upper
- any applied finish, as tile, linoleum, etc., on a wall
- Brit. a fine imported oak used for interior paneling
Origin of wainscotMiddle English waynescote ; from Middle Dutch wagenschot, wainscot, as if ; from wagen (see wain), but probably ; from base akin to Old Saxon weg, Old English wag, wall, origin, originally woven work (; from Indo-European base an unverified form wei- from source withe) + schot, a board, pale, probably ; from or akin to Frankish an unverified form skot-, a sprout: for Indo-European base see shoot
- A facing or paneling, usually of wood, applied to the walls of a room.
- The lower part of an interior wall when finished in a material different from that of the upper part.
transitive verbwain·scot·ed, wain·scot·ing, wain·scots or wain·scot·ted or wain·scot·ting
Origin of wainscotMiddle English, from Middle Dutch waghenscot : perhaps waghen, wagen, wagon (from the quality of wood used for carriagework); see Wagon + scot, partition; see skeud- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present wainscots, present participle wainscotting, simple past and past participle wainscotted)
- To decorate a wall with a wainscot.
From Middle Low German wagenschot, assumed to be from wagen (“wagon") + schot, believed to mean “partition".