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[weyn-skuh t, -skot, -skoht] /ˈweɪn skət, -skɒt, -skoʊt/
wood, especially oak and usually in the form of paneling, for lining interior walls.
the lining itself, especially as covering the lower portion of a wall.
a dado, especially of wood, lining an interior wall.
British. oak of superior quality and cut, imported from the Baltic countries for fine woodwork.
verb (used with object), wainscoted, wainscoting or (especially British) wainscotted, wainscotting.
to line the walls of (a room, hallway, etc.) with or as if with woodwork:
a room wainscoted in oak.
Origin of wainscot
1325-75; Middle English < Middle Low German or Middle Dutch wagenschot, equivalent to wagen wain + schot (< ?)
Related forms
unwainscoted, adjective
unwainscotted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wainscot
  • The small dining room is painted sunny yellow, with white wainscot trim and white ceiling rafters.
  • As recommended by manufacturer of edge guard wainscot cap or trim for those components.
  • The walls are white plaster over a wainscot of narrow vertical sheathing.
  • Repair restroom walls and install new ceramic tile wainscot and flooring.
  • Tile wainscot on walls and non-skid tile on floors are easy to clean and disinfect, and create a fully waterproof space.
  • Vertical face of base at sides and rear shall be flush with, or recessed behind, the wainscot directly above the base.
  • The toilet rooms shall have quarry tile floors and gypsum board with ceramic tile wainscot.
  • The roan has a double-paneled wainscot that features small recessed panels above larger ones and a molded chair rail.
  • Paralleling the stair is a handsomely paneled wainscot with a rounded chair rail.
  • Video and digital photos of painted brick wall exposed by removal of wainscot.
British Dictionary definitions for wainscot


Also called wainscoting, wainscotting. a lining applied to the walls of a room, esp one of wood panelling
the lower part of the walls of a room, esp when finished in a material different from the upper part
fine quality oak used as wainscot
(transitive) to line (a wall of a room) with a wainscot
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Low German wagenschot, perhaps from wagenwagon + schot planking, related to German Scheit piece of wood
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Word Origin and History for wainscot

mid-14c., "imported oak of superior quality," probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Flemish waghenscote "superior quality oak wood, board used for paneling" (though neither of these is attested as early as the English word), related to Middle Low German wagenschot (late 14c.), from waghen (see wagon) + scote "partition, crossbar." So called perhaps because the wood originally was used for wagon building and coachwork. Meaning "panels lining the walls of rooms" is recorded from 1540s. Wainscoting is from 1570s.

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