car·pet | \ˈkär-pət \

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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Some include dimensions for the room, the under-the-bed space and the best size carpet for the space. Lisa A. Flam, Fox News, "Preparing your teen for college dorm life? Don't over-pack," 10 July 2018 Whether the kids’ room has wall-to-wall carpet or wood floors with a rug, the floor should offer a soft place to land, play and sprawl. Marni Jameson,, "Designing a dreamy guest room for kids," 29 June 2018 The train itself is festooned inside-and-out with images of Hello Kitty and her iconic hair bows, from car exteriors to the windows, headrests and carpets. Eli Meixler, Time, "Here's What It's Like Inside Japan's Hello Kitty-Themed Bullet Train," 27 June 2018 When my grandma came back from the store with a dozen Krispy Kremes, my eyes bugged out of my skull and my tongue unfurled from my mouth like a carpet and steam blew out of my ears. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Are Homemade Doughnuts Worth the Effort and Fire Hazard?," 13 July 2018 City of Naperville officials helped facilitate the deal between the church and the carpet company owner. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Naperville to consider annexing Route 59 church to make way for commerical development," 12 July 2018 Today, the warm, decidedly exotic hue popular throughout the 70s is popping up again, and according to experts, its reach has extended far beyond floor tiles, shag carpets and outdoor planters. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: The Hottest Color on Pinterest Right Now is Hardly New," 11 July 2018 Whittle realized that as a publisher his task was to locate a particular niche and carpet-bomb it, with ringing bells and ads from the sponsor. Sam Tanenhaus, Town & Country, "Can Chris Whittle Launch a Truly Global School?," 10 July 2018 There might have been a jagged fracture running down the middle of the clubhouse’s low-pile carpet. Ben Reiter,, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 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 \

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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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