• (British) IPA: /vəˈniə(ɹ)/
  • (America) IPA: [vɨˈniə̆ɹ]


  1. A thin decorative covering of fine material (usually wood) applied to coarser wood or other material.
  2. An attractive appearance that covers or disguises true nature or feelings.
    • 2014 December 5, "Joy From the World ↗," The New York Times Magazine (retrieved 6 December 2014):
      “Yalda,” Dabashi says, “has managed to survive the centuries because it has been gently recodified with a Muslim veneer.”
Translations Translations Verb

veneer (veneers, present participle veneering; past and past participle veneered)

  1. (transitive, woodworking) To apply veneer to.
    to veneer a piece of furniture with mahogany
  2. (transitive, figurative) To disguise#Verb|disguise with apparent goodness.
    • 1847, Alfred Tennyson, The Princess: A Medley, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 2024748 ↗, prologue, page 6 ↗:
      [O]ne / Discuss'd his tutor, rough to common men / But honeying at the whisper of a lord; / And one the Master, as a rogue in grain / Veneer'd with sanctimonious theory.

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