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English definition of “veneer”

veneer

noun uk   /vəˈnɪər/ us    /-ˈnɪr/
[C or U] a thin layer of decorative wood or plastic used to cover a cheaper material: The wardrobe is made of chipboard with a pine veneer. [S] something that hides something unpleasant or unwanted: She managed to hide her corrupt dealings under a veneer of respectability.
veneered
adjective uk   /-ˈnɪəd/ us    /-ˈnɪrd/
a veneered bookcase/surface/table
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