carpet

noun 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

carpet

transitive verb
on the carpet
:before an authority for censure or reproof
  • got called on the carpet by his boss

Examples of carpet in a Sentence

  1. We bought a new carpet for the bedroom.

  2. Which brand of carpet did you choose?

  3. The ground was covered by a carpet of leaves.

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Origin and Etymology of carpet

Middle English, from Medieval French carpite, from Old Italian carpita, from carpire to pluck, modification of Latin carpere to pluck — more at harvest



CARPET Defined for English Language Learners

carpet

noun

Definition of carpet for English Language Learners

  • : a heavy fabric cover for a floor

  • : a thick covering : a thick layer of something


CARPET Defined for Kids

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carpet

noun car·pet \ ˈkär-pət \

Definition of carpet for Students

1 :a heavy woven fabric used especially as a floor covering
2 :a covering like a carpet
  • a carpet of grass

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carpet

verb

Definition of carpet for Students

carpeted; carpeting
: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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