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veneer (n.)

1702, from German Furnier, from furnieren "to cover with a veneer, inlay," from French fournir "to furnish, accomplish," from Middle French fornir "to furnish," from a Germanic source (compare Old High German frumjan "to provide;" see furnish). From German to French to German to English. Figurative sense of "mere outward show of some good quality" is attested from 1868.

veneer (v.)

1728 (earlier fineer, 1708), from German furnieren (see veneer (n.)). Related: Veneered; veneering.

updated on March 12, 2014

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Definitions of veneer from WordNet
1
veneer (n.)
coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood glued to a base of inferior wood;
Synonyms: veneering
veneer (n.)
an ornamental coating to a building;
Synonyms: facing
2
veneer (v.)
cover with veneer;
veneer the furniture to protect it
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