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Definition a thin layer of better wood glued to a base of inferior wood; or a thin layer of anything added to make something look better

Note that veneer can also be used metaphorically, as in "Don't let her veneer of kindness deceive you."
  • Pith helmets with netting, tools, and wax candles hung from nails near the front door, and a thin veneer of honey lay across everything.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
veneer = layer
  • Just shows you, that Robinson boy was legally married, they say he kept himself clean, went to church and all that, but when it comes down to the line the veneer's mighty thin.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • veneer = a thin layer of anything added to make something look better
  • Pity links us in a perverted way, transcending our veneers, joining us in our vulnerability, and at the same time distancing us from one another.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • The set had a walnut veneer with silvery hardware.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • A hundred cultured boys and girls slipping back to illiteracy, back to the stone age, the veneer sloughing away .... reverting to savagery.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • I had decided to line the interior of the nozzle with a veneer of water putty, an inspiration that I hoped would act as an ablative heat sink.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The house hadn't been renovated since the 1940s, and it still had cheap wood-veneer paneling and old smelly, worn-out lime-green carpeting.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao's Last Dancer
  • I remember thinking at the time what a good actress she must be to camouflage disappointment and hurt with a veneer of cheerfulness.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The blue stain raced around the tree, coating everything in a thin veneer of glittering ice crystals that reflected the light.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • There was little pretence now-no formal veneer of conversation.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • I bet this veneer is thin enough.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • To break through the smug veneer of those who use their brains to find amusing ways to kill us.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • A veneer of jaunty self-confidence thinly concealed his nervousness.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • AND ON OCCASION, as if to feed the weakest embers of a fire, Eddie's father let a wrinkle of pride crack the veneer of his disinterest.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • When Merrill got on, I could tell that some of her cool veneer had cracked.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • There was much more of him present in his hands than in the waxy veneer of his face.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • It's at a veneer mill where you would have to do whatever they needed done.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • He adopted a veneer of unshakable courage from that day forward.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • He put on a don't-give-a-damn veneer, coated by his trademark grin and playful sense of humor.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • On a low coffee table, with circular and semicircular stains bitten into the dark veneer, lay a few wilted numbers of Time and Lift.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar

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