ve·neer / vəˈni(ə)r/ • n. a thin decorative covering of fine wood applied to a coarser wood or other material. ∎ a layer of wood used to make plywood. ∎ [in sing.] an attractive appearance that covers or disguises someone or something's true nature or feelings: her veneer of composure cracked a little.• v. [tr.] [usu. as adj.] (veneered) cover (something) with a decorative layer of fine wood. ∎ cover or disguise (someone or something's true nature) with an attractive appearance.
So veneer sb. XVIII.