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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My guess is that your credit card slipped under the carpet. Ray Magliozzi,, "Car Talk: Toyota Camry seems to swallow driver’s credit card," 9 June 2019 Once the pink carpet was over and guests made their way inside the Gala, our EIC, Michelle Lee caught this photo: Yes, that is a hamburger dress. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "Katy Perry Wore a Fully Functioning Chandelier to the 2019 Met Gala — and Yes, It Lights Up," 7 May 2019 Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman look so cute on the carpet. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everyone Is Talking About Nicole Kidman's Racy Dress at the ACM Awards," 8 Apr. 2019 Far from being swept under the carpet, the findings of the study and a series of high-profile incidents involving refugees have fueled an ongoing debate in Germany about how to tackle migrant crime. Washington Post, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s German crime claims off mark, again," 19 June 2018 This home is approximately 1,550 square feet and features freshly painted interior, new carpet, updated eat-in kitchen, dining room, living room, double-car garage, laundry and private backyard. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Coming soon: Rare single-level detached patio home in Alameda," 24 June 2019 While wearing coordinating navy outfits alongside their father, the 4-year-old children had an opportunity to meet SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star on the yellow carpet in Monaco, in honor of the television show’s 20th anniversary. Joelle Goldstein,, "Prince Albert Takes His Twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques to Meet SpongeBob," 17 June 2019 The fees to dispose of the non-processible materials will also increase including arm chairs ($5-$8), couches ($9-$13) and carpet ($7-$10). Peter Marteka,, "Glastonbury increases fees at transfer station, offers senior discount," 15 June 2019 Where does a politician fit into the recent uptick in images of flying carpets, magic lamps and domed souks? Lorraine Ali,, "From ‘Aladdin’ to Galaxy’s Edge, how Hollywood interprets Arab culture," 14 June 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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something desired as essential

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