Meaning of “veneer” in the English Dictionary

"veneer" in English

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uk /vəˈnɪər/ us /vəˈnɪr/
adjective uk /vəˈnɪəd/ us /vəˈnɪrd/

(Definition of “veneer” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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veneernoun [ C/U ]

us /vəˈnɪər/

a thin layer of decorative wood or other material used to cover a cheaper or less attractive material:

[ C ] It’s a pine table with a mahogany veneer.

A veneer is also something that hides something unpleasant or unwanted:

[ U ] His ethics are pure veneer.

(Definition of “veneer” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)