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

Example Sentences

I accidentally spilled wine on the rug. You could tell that he was wearing a rug.
Recent Examples on the Web For a breakfast nook in a Brooklyn townhouse, designer Kate Reynolds paired an eye-catching purple rug with a banquette covered in a blue and white Zak+Fox patterned fabric. Kate Mcgregor, ELLE Decor, 17 Jan. 2023 In this one, the floors are kept clear aside from the jute rug and a relaxing sage green paint color sets the scene. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 13 Jan. 2023 The moody hue is complemented by a luxurious, upholstered platform bed and bright-white details, including a fluffy rug, contemporary waterfall desk and a pair of comfy armchairs. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2023 Upgrading a living room sofa, discovering a vintage mirror to complete a mantel setup or snagging the perfect rug to ground a space are all valid reasons to shop online second-hand furniture stores. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 9 Jan. 2023 The rug came from the owners’ long ago trip to Morocco. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Jan. 2023 On a visit in October, the bedroom rug squished underfoot like a wet sponge. Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2023 The rug itself is constructed of polypropylene, a plastic blend that’s durable enough to stand up to the elements. Lily Sperry, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Dec. 2022 The lines in the rug, for instance, evoke the Pinheiros River that runs through the city. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 8 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rug was in 1591

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“Rug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rug. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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