A thin surface layer, as of finely grained wood, glued to a base of inferior material. Any of the thin layers glued together to make plywood. A decorative facing, as of brick. A deceptive, superficial show; a fa\u00e7ade: a veneer of friendliness. To overlay (a surface) with a thin layer of a fine or decorative material. To glue together (layers of wood) to make plywood. To conceal, as something common or crude, with a deceptively attractive outward show.