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

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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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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19 May 2022

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More Definitions for carpet


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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