[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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