An example of a veneer is a very thin layer of oak placed over a particle board shelf to make it appear to be oak.
An example of a veneer is wood or wood products glued together to make plywood.
An example of veneer is an appearance of something that is not real.
A veneer of friendliness.
A veneer of culture.
To veneer a piece of furniture with mahogany.
Origin of veneer
- Alteration of obsolete faneering from German Furnierung from furnieren to furnish, veneer from French fournir to furnish from Old French furnir of Germanic origin per1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 *frumjanÄ… (“to further, promote"). Cognate with Old High German frumjan, frummen (“to accomplish, execute, provide"), Old English fremian (“to promote, perform"). More at furnish.