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Date: 1700-1800
Language: German
Origin: furnier, from furnieren 'to veneer', from French fournir; FURNISH


Related topics: Furniture, Crafts
1 [uncountable and countable]DHFTIC a thin layer of wood or plastic that covers the surface of a piece of furniture made of cheaper material, to make it look better

a veneer of politeness/sophistication etc

formal behaviour that hides someone's real character or feelings:
A thin veneer of politeness hid Lady Bride's growing anger.

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