Lacquer Definition

lacquered, lacquers
Any of various clear or colored synthetic coatings made by dissolving nitrocellulose or other cellulose derivatives together with plasticizers and pigments in a mixture of volatile solvents and used to impart a high gloss to surfaces.
American Heritage
A coating substance consisting of resinous materials, as cellulose esters or ethers, shellac, or gum or alkyd resins, dissolved in ethyl alcohol or another solvent that evaporates rapidly on application, leaving a tough, adherent film: pigments are often added to form lacquer enamels.
Webster's New World
A resinous varnish obtained from certain Chinese and Japanese trees (esp. Toxicodendron vernicifluum) of the cashew family, used to give a hard, smooth, highly polished finish to wood.
Webster's New World
A decorative article or articles made of wood and coated with this lacquer.
Webster's New World
A finish that is baked onto the inside of food and beverage cans.
American Heritage
To coat with or as with lacquer.
Webster's New World
To give a sleek, glossy finish to.
American Heritage

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Origin of Lacquer

  • Obsolete French lacre sealing wax from Portuguese from lacca resin of the lac insect from Arabic lakk lac1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French lacre (“a sort of sealing wax”), from Portuguese laca, lacca (“gum lac”); see lac.

    From Wiktionary

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