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 The famous pair, who have been married since 2012, made a rare but adorable red-carpet appearance at the award show. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, "Carey Mulligan Shines In a Gold Valentino Ball Skirt at the 2021 Academy Awards," 26 Apr. 2021 Performances of the best song nominees were pre-taped and aired during the red-carpet preshow, meaning the broadcast — which also had few comedy bits — wasn't in a race. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "EXPLAINER: What was with that weird Oscar ending?," 26 Apr. 2021 Naturally, the internet had opinions about Berry's red-carpet look. Aimee Simeon,, "Halle Berry Debuted A Divisive New Haircut On The Red Carpet," 26 Apr. 2021 The broadcast, beginning 8 p.m. EDT Sunday on ABC after a red-carpet pre-show, will be the most transformed in decades. Jake Coyle, Anchorage Daily News, "Is this an ‘Asterisk Oscars’ or a sign of things to come?," 25 Apr. 2021 There is simply no way to criticize red-carpet sartorial choices on plus size stars without also acknowledging how limited the options are. Marielle Elizabeth, Vogue, "Can We Dismantle Fat Phobia on the Red Carpet?," 25 Apr. 2021 Many of those [red-carpet] conversations will happen. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, "Masks at the Oscars? Here’s how the Academy Awards are happening in person," 25 Apr. 2021 Due to the pandemic, there will be a new main venue (Union Station in Los Angeles), and the exact status of red-carpet arrivals, song-and-dance numbers and other Oscar staples is unclear. Peter Tonguette, WSJ, "Why People Care So Much About ‘In Memoriam’ at the Oscars," 24 Apr. 2021 At the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood award show yesterday, actress Storm Reid kicked hosted the red-carpet pre show. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Storm Reid Host ESSENCE Red Carpet In Custom Prada," 23 Apr. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Carpet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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