Pronunciation Noun

wainscot (plural wainscots)

  1. (architecture) An area of wooden (especially oaken) panelling on the lower part of a room’s walls.
    • 1851 November 13, Herman Melville, chapter 3, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299 ↗:
      Entering that gable-ended Spouter-Inn, you found yourself in a wide, low, straggling entry with old-fashioned wainscots, reminding one of the bulwarks of some condemned old craft.
  2. Any of various noctuid moths.
Synonyms Translations
  • Russian: пане́ль

wainscot (wainscots, present participle wainscotting; past and past participle wainscotted)

  1. To decorate a wall with a wainscot.

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