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 belief that the magic carpet is never going to hit the ground. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Charles Rogers was a flash of talent and challenges," 12 Nov. 2019 The carpet got rolled out on Sunday following a second-and-goal play from the 7-yard line, in the red zone, the area of the field as befuddling to the Browns as a Rubik’s Cube. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins had a dream he would score a touchdown before catching Sunday’s game-winner," 11 Nov. 2019 With winter approaching, stars used this carpet to show us the last of our favorite fall trends – bright colors, color-blocking suits, and structured gowns. Check out the best fashion moments from the 2019 E! Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Fashion Moments From The 2019 E! People's Choice Awards," 10 Nov. 2019 The 41 rooms and suites upstairs feature handmade Iranian carpets, designer furniture, and sightlines over Berlin’s punchiest neighborhood. National Geographic, "What did travel have to do with the fall of the Berlin Wall?," 9 Nov. 2019 Among the changes were the railroad’s continued effort to refresh train interiors with new seat covers, cushions and carpets. Washington Post, "Amtrak touts record ridership, revenue for fiscal 2019," 8 Nov. 2019 The thicker wool blankets can be used as carpets as well. Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From...The Sacred Valley, Peru," 6 Nov. 2019 Leopard print carpet, black paneled walls, lithographs, paintings, posters. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "C. Peter ‘Buzz’ Beler, founder and co-owner of the Prime Rib, dies," 2 Nov. 2019 The owners converted a hodgepodge of rooms and buildings, including a 1910s grain warehouse, that was buried under drop ceilings, drywall and carpet into an elegant space highlighting original brick, picture windows and reclaimed lumber. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "3 years in, Wayfinder delivering on lofty expectations: Portland Breweries Series," 31 Oct. 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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15 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Carpet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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How to pronounce carpet (audio)

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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