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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Recent Examples on the Web Vaulted beams and chandeliers hang over the formal great room and dining room, and other highlights include a bamboo garden, tile kitchen, formal study and step-down library with wood panels and turquoise carpet. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Norton Simon’s son sells Beverly Hills estate for $25 million," 2 July 2020 His transformation, from uncomfortable third wheel who used to stare down at the carpet while conducting postgame interviews during Cleveland’s championship years, into a courageous spokesman for an issue that often went overlooked is admirable. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Kevin Love lets frustration and misery get best of him while plummeting value: Cleveland Cavaliers Season Review," 1 July 2020 The association is working with various partners to teach residents how to lay carpet, put up drywall, install plumbing., "Fannie Lou Hamer's declaration 'I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired' is still a rally cry for Black people in Milwaukee," 25 June 2020 The Mega Stick is great for picking up pet hair and debris from large surfaces like carpet, rugs, furniture, staircases and car interiors. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "15 gadgets that'll help keep your clothes and home free of pet hair," 25 June 2020 The couple didn't seem to think the animal waste, trash and rancid smell mattered too much though, offering to take up some carpet and paint a few walls to restore the home before kicking off the selling process. Shacamree Gowdy, Houston Chronicle, "Four years later: Why one Houston realtor says he gave up on selling the 'filthiest house ever'," 24 June 2020 With a carpet separating them, children pass cards, a hot lunch and flowers to a staff member in Personal Protective Equipment who then sprays the items before handing them to the resident. Isadora Kosofsky, Time, "A Socially Distant Father's Day at an L.A. Nursing Home Is a Welcome, Though Difficult Event," 22 June 2020 Originally scheduled as a red-carpet event, the ceremony format was changed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Keith Dunlap, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Free Press Sports Awards: Meet the gymnastics nominees," 16 June 2020 Beer and brats served in an outdoor German biergarten is not what typically comes to mind when people think about the cars on the carpet at the Detroit Auto Show. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit auto show canceled: Here's what we could have seen and done," 20 June 2020

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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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5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Carpet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce carpet (audio)

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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