car·​pet | \ ˈkär-pət How to pronounce carpet (audio) \

Definition of carpet

1 : a heavy often tufted fabric used as a floor covering also : a floor covering made of this fabric
2 : a surface or layer resembling or suggesting a carpet
on the carpet
: before an authority for censure or reproof got called on the carpet by his boss

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Other Words from carpet

carpet verb

Examples of carpet in a Sentence

We bought a new carpet for the bedroom. Which brand of carpet did you choose? The ground was covered by a carpet of leaves.
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Now the Meadows, the resort’s beginner area, has gotten a boost with a new enclosed magic carpet and improved beginner’s learning program. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "If You're Skiing the Rockies This Winter, Read This First," 4 Dec. 2018 Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina starts streaming on October 26, and to celebrate the new series’s premiere, Netflix threw a big party, complete with a black carpet and one very surprising star: Salem the cat. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Star Salem the Cat Walked the Show's Red Carpet," 22 Oct. 2018 The former New England Patriots defensive back broke into the woman’s apartment in La Verne, Calif., east of Los Angeles, then chased, dragged and to suffocate her with a carpet, prosecutors alleged. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Super Bowl champion charged with attempted murder after incident with woman," 11 July 2018 The flooring is varied throughout the house, with carpet, stone and wood floors. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher, retired Detroit Lion buy Paradise Valley houses," 2 July 2018 Hardwood flooring is installed in the common areas of the first floor with carpet in the bedrooms. Tony Bacewicz,, "West River Farms, East Windsor," 28 June 2018 The walls are a blush color with gray carpet, and there are touches of burgundy in the leather upholstery. Jessica Prince Erlich, The Cut, "How I Get It Done: Dermatologist to the Stars Patricia Wexler," 3 May 2018 Move to an area covered with carpet and try the same tests. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Crash, Clunk, Thump--Let's Make Some Noise!," 19 Apr. 2018 Along with the green carpet covering the running track, the stadium looks and feels very cheap and temporary., "FanView: Why West Ham United Need Boardroom Change in Order to Propel the Club to the 'Next Level'," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of carpet

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carpet

Middle English, from Middle French carpite, from Old Italian carpita, from carpire to pluck, modification of Latin carpere to pluck — more at harvest

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The first known use of carpet was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of carpet

: a heavy fabric cover for a floor
: a thick covering : a thick layer of something


car·​pet | \ ˈkär-pət How to pronounce carpet (audio) \

Kids Definition of carpet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a heavy woven fabric used especially as a floor covering
2 : a covering like a carpet a carpet of grass


carpeted; carpeting

Kids Definition of carpet (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover with or as if with a carpet … a maple tree … was carpeting the bank with crimson leaves.— Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

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to corrupt or become corrupted

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