General English


  • A masonry facing attached to the backup, but not so bonded as to act with it under load.
  • Wood peeled, sawn, or sliced into sheets of a given constant thickness and combined with glue to produce plywood. Veneers laid up with the grain direction of adjoining sheets at right angles produce plywood of great stiffness and strength, while those laid up with grains running parallel produce flexible plywood most often used in furniture and cabinetry construction. See also laminated wood.

Real Estate

  • noun a thin layer of a material bonded to the surface of a less attractive or inferior material
  • noun an outer layer applied to a surface for decoration or protection, e.g. a facing of stone on a brick building
  • noun a thin layer of wood that is glued together with others to make plywood

Origin & History of “veneer”

Veneer is ultimately the same word as furnish. both come from Old French fournir, but veneer was routed via German, which borrowed fournir as furniren. The verbal noun derived from this, furnirung, was borrowed into English as faneering in the highly specialized sense ‘provision of a thin surface layer of fine wood’. The noun veneer was a back-formation from this.