lacquer (n.) Look up lacquer at
1570s, "dye obtained from lac;" 1670s as "gold-colored solution of shellac," from obsolete French lacre, name for a kind of sealing wax, from Portuguese lacre, unexplained variant of lacca "resinous substance," from Arabic lakk, from Persian lak (see lac).
lacquer (v.) Look up lacquer at
"cover or coat with laqueur," 1680s, from lacquer (n.). Related: Lacquered; lacquering.