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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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Today the company made another new and important foray with the debut of a four-piece collection of rugs. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Parachute Launches New Collection of Cozy, Handwoven Area Rugs," 7 Mar. 2019 In the photo, Crew's mother shows a wooden baby nursey covered with baby wipes, burp cloths and towels, thrown ontop of a white rug. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "'Fixer Upper' star Joanna Gaines shows 'all nighter' aftermath photo with newborn son Crew," 7 Aug. 2018 Together the price of the rugs was 4,800 leu, which was less than buying them online. New York Times, "On the Rug Route in Romania, Kilims and an Enduring Culture," 4 May 2018 Sometimes particles get underneath the edges of the rug. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spring cleaning: A spotless, well-organized home is your reward," 4 May 2018 Black Friday week is here and Wayfair isn’t waiting to start discounting hundreds of products from furniture and mattresses to rugs and wall art. Emily Heller, Curbed, "Check out the best of Wayfair’s Black Friday 2018 sales," 21 Nov. 2018 The shop, which resides in a Palermo Soho casona, features everything from pottery to rugs to leather bags, all made by local artists, artisans, and independent industrial designers. Allie Lazar, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Shops in Buenos Aires," 23 May 2018 Nearly everything in True's nursery is a shade of pink, from the walls to the rug. Olivia Harrison,, "Khloé Kardashian Has A $1,525 Blanket In Baby True's Nursery," 22 May 2018 The prices range from $10 for a candle to over $2,500 for an area rug. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Just Dropped a Brand-New Decor Collection at Anthropologie," 14 Feb. 2019

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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
chiefly US, informal : a small wig that is usually worn by a man to cover a bald spot
British : 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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a shady place in a garden or forest

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