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Definition of veneer:

  1. A thin leaf or layer of a more valuable or beautiful material for overlaying an inferior one, especially such a thin leaf of wood to be glued to a cheaper wood; hence, external show; gloss; false pretense.
  2. To overlay or plate with a thin layer of wood or other material for outer finish or decoration; as, to veneer a piece of furniture with mahogany. Used also figuratively.

Synonyms:

color, semblance, cover, disguisement, disguise, pretext, show, exterior, masquerade, cladding, gloss, face, front, lining, veneering, window-dressing, guise, facing, false colors, pretense, surface, put-on, coloring.

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