[weyn-skuht, -skot, -skoht]
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.

1325–75; Middle English < Middle Low German or Middle Dutch wagenschot, equivalent to wagen wain + schot (< ?)

unwainscoted, adjective
unwainscotted, adjective
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wainscot (ˈweɪnskət)
1.  wainscoting, Also called: wainscotting a lining applied to the walls of a room, esp one of wood panelling
2.  the lower part of the walls of a room, esp when finished in a material different from the upper part
3.  fine quality oak used as wainscot
4.  (tr) to line (a wall of a room) with a wainscot
[C14: from Middle Low German wagenschot, perhaps from wagenwagon + schot planking, related to German Scheit piece of wood]

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Word Origin & History

1352, "imported oak of superior quality," probably from M.Du. or M.Flem. waghenscote "superior quality oak wood, board used for paneling" (though neither of these is attested as early as the Eng. word), related to M.L.G. wagenschot (1389), 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 1548. Wainscoting is from 1580.
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interior paneling in general and, more specifically, paneling that covers only the lower portion of an interior wall or partition. It has a decorative or protective function and is usually of wood, although tile and marble have at times been popular. The molding along the upper edge is called a wainscot cap and may serve as a chair rail

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Example sentences
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
The walls are white plaster over a wainscot of narrow vertical sheathing.
Repair restroom walls and install new ceramic tile wainscot and flooring.
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