veneer - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/vəˈnɪə(r)/
singularveneer
pluralveneers
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a thin layer of wood or plastic that covers something made of a cheap material and improves its appearance
  2. 2
    [singular] a pleasant appearance, or a polite way of behaving that is not sincere

    a veneer of respectability