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 event is only available to solid waste rate payers, who will be allowed to dispose of unwanted bulky items such as appliances, carpet, furniture, tires, toilets, water heaters and more. Peter Rasmussen, San Antonio Express-News, "Dispose of bulky items for free at 3 San Antonio landfills," 8 Apr. 2021 As the year winds down, dense rosemary bushes carpet the precipitous hillsides, and orange trees groaning under the weight of ripe fruit perfume now tourist-barren streets. Laura May Todd, ELLE Decor, "This midcentury villa on Capri is the perfect backdrop to have an aperitivo," 6 Apr. 2021 And in the bathroom, a welcome carpet with Brooks Brothers written in cursive sits next to a toilet. New York Times, "The Ghosts of Brooks Brothers," 2 Apr. 2021 The sculpture’s material allusions to carpet, insulation and turf suddenly seem a fusion of prayer rugs, home and the landscape underfoot, out of which a daunting but not insurmountable obstacle rises. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Desert X has a great big wall. Beyond that, this art biennial feels thin," 16 Mar. 2021 With a showroom featuring samples of grade-A carpet, wood, tile, custom rugs, and virtually every surfacing material imaginable, an exciting floor can once again be the center of your home. Landon Pemper, Chron, "How to gain access to interior design showrooms in Houston when you're not a designer," 15 Mar. 2021 Discounts: The company offers discounts on home security products, window and gutter cleaning, and carpet, rug, tile, and upholstery cleaning. Better Homes & Gardens, "Acclaimed Home Warranty Review (2021)," 12 Mar. 2021 After more than 30 years in business, Long Life had to close, and its cozy brick walls, old brown carpet, simple wooden chairs, and red and gold dragon decorations became things of the past. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Mainstay vegetarian Chinese restaurant in SLC reopens after making some meaty changes," 10 Mar. 2021 Only 50 to 100 microns wide, the trichomes cover the surface of cannabis flower in an eerie, translucent carpet. A.j. Herrington, Forbes, "Weed Porn: Focus On Cannabis Photography," 25 Feb. 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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12 Apr 2021

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“Carpet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 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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