Meaning of LACQUER in English


I. ˈla-kər noun

Etymology: Portuguese lacré sealing wax, from laca lac, from Arabic lakk, from Persian lak — more at lac

Date: 1592


a. : a spirit varnish (as shellac)

b. : any of various durable natural varnishes ; especially : a varnish obtained from an Asian sumac ( Rhus verniciflua ) — called also Japanese lacquer

2. : any of various clear or colored synthetic organic coatings that typically dry to form a film by evaporation of the solvent ; especially : a solution of a cellulose derivative (as nitrocellulose)

II. transitive verb

( lac·quered ; lac·quer·ing -k(ə-)riŋ)

Date: 1688

1. : to coat with or as if with lacquer

2. : to give a smooth finish or appearance to : make glossy

lacquer ed her hair

• lac·quer·er -kər-ər noun

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