noun \-st(ə-)rē\

: the cloth, leather, etc., that covers a couch, chair, etc.

: the process or business of covering pieces of furniture with cloth, leather, etc.

plural up·hol·ster·ies

Full Definition of UPHOLSTERY

:  materials (as fabric, padding, and springs) used to make a soft covering especially for a seat

Examples of UPHOLSTERY

  1. an old chair that needs new upholstery
  2. He learned upholstery from his father.


Middle English upholdester upholsterer, from upholden to uphold, from up + holden to hold
First Known Use: 1597


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