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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The supermodel, who shared the famed catwalk with her sister Bella, walked the pink carpet in another standout catsuit later in the evening at the after-party. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Won the Victoria's Secret After Party Red Carpet," 9 Nov. 2018 One such activist was Sarah Sophie Flicker, who walked the gold carpet with her husband, GLOW director Jesse Peretz. Andrea Park, Allure, "Emmy Awards Guest Sarah Sophie Flicker Wrote "Stop Kavanaugh" on Her Arm," 18 Sep. 2018 Madelaine Petsch walked down the carpet with her beau, Travis Mills. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Did Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart Skip the Emmys Because Of Belated Birthday Gift for Lili?!," 18 Sep. 2018 Carmen long ago sang the habanera and drew her last breath, Aladdin has rolled up his magic carpet until next time. Peter Dobrin,, "Academy of Music is replacing its lumpy old seats - and, no, you're not getting cup holders," 12 July 2018 Janelle Monae walked the carpet with designer Marc Jacobs, who crafted her striking black and white-striped custom skirt suit. Washington Post, "Holy haute couture: Divine designs grace carpet at Met Gala," 8 May 2018 Jennifer Connelly walked the carpet with her husband Paul Bettany, wearing a Louis Vuitton yellow ruffled sweater and knee-length leather skirt. Erika Harwood, Vanities, "Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost Make Their Relationship Red Carpet Official," 24 Apr. 2018 Friess’ carpet-bomb ad campaign has helped, with the latest polling showing Friess deadlocked with Gordon and Galeotos lurking just behind. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "What happened to coal," 21 Aug. 2018 Despite a long and rich history of carpet making, Armenians have had to battle to maintain a hold over their own tradition. Glenn Dixon, Smithsonian, "The Age-Old Tradition of Armenian Carpet Making Refuses to Be Swept Under the Rug," 6 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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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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