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wainscoting

[weyn-skoh-ting, -skot-ing, -skuh-ting] /ˈweɪn skoʊ tɪŋ, -skɒt ɪŋ, -skə tɪŋ/
noun
1.
paneling or woodwork with which rooms, hallways, etc., are wainscoted.
2.
wainscots collectively.
Also, especially British, wainscotting
[weyn-skuh-ting, -skot-ing] /ˈweɪn skə tɪŋ, -skɒt ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; wainscot + -ing1

wainscot

[weyn-skuh t, -skot, -skoht] /ˈweɪn skət, -skɒt, -skoʊt/
noun
1.
wood, especially oak and usually in the form of paneling, for lining interior walls.
2.
the lining itself, especially as covering the lower portion of a wall.
3.
a dado, especially of wood, lining an interior wall.
4.
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.
5.
to line the walls of (a room, hallway, etc.) with or as if with woodwork:
a room wainscoted in oak.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English < Middle Low German or Middle Dutch wagenschot, equivalent to wagen wain + schot (< ?)
Related forms
unwainscoted, adjective
unwainscotted, adjective
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Examples from the web for wainscoting
  • The halls are rich with oaken wainscoting and ceiling.
  • Above this wainscoting of grime rose thousands of scrawled names.
  • The rustic setting includes wainscoting, cherry wood furnishings, white table cloths and big game animals mounted on the walls.
  • The library leads to an exquisite formal dining room with wainscoting and crown molding.
  • Hand-painted murals, gilt ceilings and marble wainscoting have been restored, and the main stage was refurbished.
  • In the main wing of the manor house, the formal dining room with fireplace boasts an intricately detailed ceiling and wainscoting.
  • wainscoting in all establishments must meet the same requirements as kitchen areas.
  • On the inside, the lobby has a terrazzo floor and wood wainscoting.
  • The room is finished in ash wood wainscoting, tinted plaster walls and oak floors.
  • Atypical features include the triple entry and exterior wainscoting.
British Dictionary definitions for wainscoting

wainscot

/ˈweɪnskət/
noun
1.
Also called wainscoting, 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
verb
4.
(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 wainscoting

wainscot

n.

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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Encyclopedia Article for wainscoting

wainscot

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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