a thin layer of wood or other material for facing or inlaying wood.
any of the thin layers of wood glued together to form plywood.
Building Trades. a facing of a certain material applied to a different one or to a type of construction not ordinarily associated with it, as a facing of brick applied to a frame house.
a superficially valuable or pleasing appearance: a cruel person with a veneer of kindliness.
verb (used with object)
to overlay or face (wood) with thin sheets of some material, as a fine wood, ivory, or tortoise shell.
to face or cover (an object) with any material that is more desirable as a surface material than the basic material of the object; revet.
to cement (layers of wood veneer) to form plywood.
to give a superficially valuable or pleasing appearance to.

1695–1705; earlier fineering, faneering < German Fourni(e)rung, Furni(e)rung, equivalent to furni(e)ren to furnish (< French fournir) + -ung -ing1

veneerer, noun
unveneered, adjective

4. façade, front, show, mask, guise. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
veneer (vɪˈnɪə)
1.  a thin layer of wood, plastic, etc, with a decorative or fine finish that is bonded to the surface of a less expensive material, usually wood
2.  a superficial appearance, esp one that is pleasing: a veneer of gentility
3.  any facing material that is applied to a different backing material
4.  any one of the layers of wood that is used to form plywood
5.  to cover (a surface) with a veneer
6.  to bond together (thin layers of wood) to make plywood
7.  to conceal (something) under a superficially pleasant surface
[C17: from German furnieren to veneer, from Old French fournir to furnish]

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Word Origin & History

1702, from Ger. Furnier, from furnieren "to cover with a veneer, inlay," from Fr. fournir "to furnish, accomplish," from M.Fr. fornir "to furnish," from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. frumjan "to provide;" see furnish). A word batted back and forth from German to French to German.
Fig. sense of "mere outward show of some good quality" is attested from 1868. The verb is recorded from 1728.
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Medical Dictionary

veneer ve·neer (və-nēr')
A layer of tooth-colored material, usually porcelain or acrylic resin, attached to and covering the surface of a metal crown or natural tooth structure.

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Example sentences
Out of context, many of our behaviors-if limited to the mere veneer of plain
  description-would raise many an eyebrow.
So the living veneer of this reef, the part a diver sees, is ever changing.
But beneath that veneer of familiarity hides a radical rethinking of the way
  engineers do business.
His stroke had wiped out an intuition produced by millions of years of
  evolution, while sparing a veneer of education.
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