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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Perry walked the carpet solo, without her fiancé Orlando Bloom. Glamour, "Katy Perry Dressed Like a Chandelier for the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 As some of the biggest celebrities stepped out for the 2019 Met Gala, many fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the pink carpet action. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Memes and Twitter Reactions From the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Karlie Kloss and her husband Joshua Kushner have stepped out on the 2019 Met Gala red—er, pink—carpet. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Karlie Kloss and Josh Kushner's Met Gala Looks Almost Didn't Happen," 6 May 2019 Make quick work of both carpets and bare floors with this powerful canister vac — that excelled in our Cleaning Lab’s rigorous evaluations. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Miele Complete C3 for Soft Carpet Powerline Vacuum," 5 Apr. 2019 As People reports, Lively's collection includes a mix of red-carpet classics (like Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick) and prestige pieces (like Diorshow Mascara). Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Blake Lively's Favorite Drugstore Beauty Products Include a $15 Sunscreen and $4 Lip Balm," 8 Apr. 2019 That was certainly the impression given by the red-carpet fanfare upon arrival. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Flight Might Be the Best New Way to Visit Africa," 8 Nov. 2018 The singer — who is nominated for best supporting actress for her performance in Netflix’s Mudbound, as well as best original song — took a moment to praise Seacrest, 43, at the end of their pre-show red carpet interview on Sunday. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Mary J. Blige Praises Ryan Seacrest on Oscars Red Carpet, Says She Loves Live with Kelly & Ryan," 4 Mar. 2018 Yellow poppies stood in for her book, and rich orange ranunculus echoed the corner of the carpet. Lindsey Taylor, WSJ, "A Post-Holiday Bouquet Based on a Pretty, Pooped-Out Reveler," 24 Jan. 2019

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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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