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Definition of rug

1 : lap robe
2 : a piece of thick heavy fabric that usually has a nap or pile and is used as a floor covering
3 : a floor mat of an animal pelt a bearskin rug
4 slang : toupee sense 1
5 British : a blanket for an animal (such as a horse or dog)

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Synonyms for rug


hairpiece, toupee, wig

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Examples of rug in a Sentence

I accidentally spilled wine on the rug. You could tell that he was wearing a rug.

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In November 2018, the company launched Popham+, a new collection of objects in brass, leather, and marble, as well as rugs. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "The Vivacious 18th-Century Marakesh Medina of Two L.A. Transplants," 28 Dec. 2018 Does the couple that buys rugs together, stay together?, "Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson Are Already Furniture Shopping For Their New Rumored Home," 19 June 2018 Its second season struck me as a near-perfect whirligig of a TV season, constantly yanking the rug out from underneath itself and hoping its fall wasn’t too brutal. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Love it or hate it, season 3 of The Good Place is taking us somewhere new (again)," 12 Oct. 2018 There will be a spotlight illuminating the shadows — along with skeletons in the closet or anything swept under the rug. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's October 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Sep. 2018 It’s no surprise that Totême’s Elin Kling and Karl Lindman found inspiration close to home, in the work of Swedish rug designer Märta Måås-Fjetterström. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Home for the Thanksgiving Holiday? Here Are 11 Rug-Inspired Looks From the Runways," 23 Nov. 2018 Select furniture, mattresses, and rugs are discounted by up to 20 percent. Emily Heller, Curbed, "Best Amazon deals for Black Friday 2018," 21 Nov. 2018 And that not only includes a 5-floor staircase with a gigantic pearl necklace-lookalike sculpture cascading down the center from artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, but also a two-room VIP suite, as well as couches and rugs made of their signature tweed. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Chanel's New Flagship Store Will Sell Limited-Edition Bags, Fragrances, and Watches," 15 Nov. 2018 For your feet, Bobby says to layer rugs with different fabrics. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Bobby Berk's Lighting Trick Will Help You Sleep Better At Night," 30 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of rug

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rug

Middle English *rug rag, tuft, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect rugga coarse rug, Old Norse rǫgg tuft

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The first known use of rug was in 1591

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English Language Learners Definition of rug

: a piece of thick, heavy material that is used to cover usually a section of a floor

: a small wig that is usually worn by a man to cover a bald spot

: a blanket that you put over your lap and legs to keep them warm


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Kids Definition of rug

: a piece of thick heavy fabric usually with a nap or pile used especially as a floor covering

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someone who never drinks alcohol

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