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 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 Their house has a mix of wood floors and low pile carpet, and the vacuum has done a stellar job sucking up dirt and dust from both. Rebecca Shinners,, "This Dyson Cordless Vacuum Is the Father’s Day Gift That the Entire Family Will Love," 17 June 2020 Sara Magnuson, 75, was found inside her home, wrapped in a wet carpet in the bathtub in a futile attempt to save herself. Michael Liedtke,, "PG&E confesses to killing 84 people in 2018 California fire," 16 June 2020 Individual desks are demarcated by screens and enveloped by circular boundaries on the carpet, lest workers roll their chairs too far. Natalie Wong,, "Trying Out New Office Layouts for the Post-Pandemic Age," 12 June 2020 The deep shag carpet is almost clinging to our humidity. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Turbo Car vs. Turbo Bike: 1978 Porsche 930 Turbo vs. Kawasaki Z1-R TC," 10 June 2020 Poppy, however, loves to be petted but chooses to keep her little feet planted solidly on the ground – preferably carpet not hardwood. Nellah Bailey Mcgough, Southern Living, "Our Favorite Bunny Names," 9 June 2020 Even glides well over carpet, despite the heavy weight of my super-thick, king-sized Tempurpedic mattress and box springs. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "10 things you didn't know you could get at Tempur-Pedic," 3 June 2020 That assuredly does not mean whitewashing the events of the past week, of cleaning off the graffiti and sweeping the broken glass under the collective carpet of history. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "Dallas is not a ‘battle space’ and violence is not an answer," 2 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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23 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Carpet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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