[ lak-er ]
/ ˈlæk ər /
a protective coating consisting of a resin, cellulose ester, or both, dissolved in a volatile solvent, sometimes with pigment added.
any of various resinous varnishes, especially a resinous varnish obtained from a Japanese tree, Rhus verniciflua, used to produce a highly polished, lustrous surface on wood or the like.
Also called lacquer ware, lac·quer·ware. ware, especially of wood, coated with such a varnish, and often inlaid: They collected fine Japanese lacquers.
Slang. any volatile solvent that produces euphoria when inhaled.
verb (used with object)
to coat with lacquer.
to cover, as with facile or fluent words or explanations cleverly worded, etc.; obscure the faults of; gloss (often followed by over): The speech tended to lacquer over the terrible conditions.
Origin of lacquer
1570–80; earlier leckar, laker < Portuguese lacre, lacar, unexplained variant of laca < Arabic lakk < Persian lâk lac1
OTHER WORDS FROM lacquerlac·quer·er, noun re·lac·quer, verb (used with object) un·lac·quered, adjective
Words nearby lacquer
laconic, laconical, laconicum, laconism, lacoste, lacquer, lacquer tree, lacquey, lacretelle, lacrimal, lacrimal apparatus
Example sentences from the Web for lacquer
The lacquer cures for 72 hours, and then is sanded by hand to buff out any imperfections.Behind the Wheel of the Bespoke Bentley |Zoe Settle |October 27, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
We cast that badly, and give lustre to the ill-cast fish with lacquer in imitation of bronze.The Crown of Wild Olive |John Ruskin
It is employed by artists in water colors and as a varnish for lacquer work.
File off the surplus solder, polish and lacquer as you did the tea caddy.The Library of Work and Play: Working in Metals |Charles Conrad Sleffel
For on the inside of the lacquer he found a shred of reddish wood fibre.The Case of The Pool of Blood in the Pastor's Study |Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner
We cast that badly, and give luster to the ill-cast fish with lacquer in imitation of bronze.
British Dictionary definitions for lacquer
/ (ˈlækə) /
a hard glossy coating made by dissolving cellulose derivatives or natural resins in a volatile solvent
a black resinous substance, obtained from certain trees, used to give a hard glossy finish to wooden furniture
lacquer tree Also called: varnish tree an E Asian anacardiaceous tree, Rhus verniciflua, whose stem yields a toxic exudation from which black lacquer is obtained
Also called: hair lacquer a mixture of shellac and alcohol for spraying onto the hair to hold a style in place
art decorative objects coated with such lacquer, often inlaid
(tr) to apply lacquer to
Derived forms of lacquerlacquerer, noun
Word Origin for lacquer
C16: from obsolete French lacre sealing wax, from Portuguese laca lac 1