2. A way of behaving or appearing that gives other people a false idea of your true feelings or situation: The couple were always trying to keep up the facade of their happy marriage.
2. The appearance of politeness without any sincerity: The veneer of respectability, which the newly rich man tried to show, was in fact superficial and obviously insincere.
The façade of the building was covered with a veneer of imitation stone, making it look 100 years older than it actually was.
2. A way of behaving or appearing that gives other people a false idea of your true feelings or situation: "Their marriage appeared to be wonderful, but it was really just a veneer."
The wood panels which lined the walls of the large venue where the reception was held were made of oak veneer.
2. An outer layer applied to a surface of something for decoration or protection: The dining room table had a walnut veneer which had been highly polished.
3. A superficial appearance or show put on to please or to impress other people; a façade: Michael was just putting on a veneer of friendliness.
2. Etymology: a thin layer of fine wood or other material to give an appearance of superior quality from about 1702, borrowed (with loss of r in the unstressed first syllable) from German Furnier, from furnieren, "to cover with a veneer, inlay," from French fournir, "to furnish".
The figurative sense of a merely outward show or appearance of some desirable quality is first recorded in English in 1868; "to cover with a veneer".