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Definition of "lacquer" []

  • Any of various clear or colored synthetic coatings made by dissolving nitrocellulose or other cellulose derivatives together with plasticizers and pigments in a mixture of volatile solvents and used to impart a high gloss to surfaces. (noun)
  • A glossy, resinous material, such as the exudation of the lacquer tree, used as a surface coating. (noun)
  • A finish that is baked onto the inside of food and beverage cans. (noun)
  • To coat with lacquer. (verb-transitive)
  • To give a sleek, glossy finish to. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "lacquer" in a sentence
  • "There was a satinwood writing table under the window and a work-table in Japanese lacquer, very small and dainty."
  • "What distinguishes Uruapan lacquer from the rest of the lot is a technique called embutido, a fine carving of lacquer, hand-rubbed, incised, inlaid, and rubbed with an additional color in successive steps, taking at least a month to complete."
  • "You'll want to roll him in lacquer and post him on your mantel."