\ ˈrəg How to pronounce rug (audio) \

Definition of rug

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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Examples of rug in a Sentence

I accidentally spilled wine on the rug. You could tell that he was wearing a rug.
Recent Examples on the Web Add a new rug to your home with up to 80% off, plus free shipping. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "All the Labor Day sales and deals to shop this weekend," 7 Sep. 2020 These pathways can be dictated both by furniture placement and rug outlines. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Everything to Know About Scale and Proportion in Design," 31 Aug. 2020 Underfoot Ground your bathroom with a seasonal rug. Alicia Chilton, Better Homes & Gardens, "9 No-Fail Ways to Add Fall Decor to Your Bathroom," 31 Aug. 2020 And so this is the conspiracy that the family believe was at the beginning to sweep her death under the rug. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'Justice delayed is justice denied': Attorney for family of Breonna Taylor urges FBI to expedite investigation into deadly police raid," 30 Aug. 2020 The Republican National Convention has striven to either sweep all of this devastation under the rug or lay it at the feel of a Democratic president who has not yet been elected. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Republican National Convention’s War on Reality," 26 Aug. 2020 In Ennis’ nihilistic take on the military-industrial complex, superheroes are simple-minded brutes with destructive impulses and appetites, and whose images are waved for corporate propaganda while their collateral damage is swept under the rug. Trevor Fraser, Star Tribune, "5 great TV shows based on offbeat graphic novels," 24 Aug. 2020 The hotel also previously worked with Terri Jannes Interiors to design a suite based on the HBO series Veep, sourcing props and memorabilia from the show to outfit the suite’s spaces, including a presidential seal area rug. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "This D.C. Hotel Has a Suite Dedicated to Women's Suffrage," 20 Aug. 2020 Courtesy of Ruggable Inspired by Japanese cloth-dyeing, this rug is patterned with stripes of indigo and white. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Tie-Dye Home Decor Finds that Let You Try the Trend Without Making a Mess," 20 Aug. 2020

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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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17 Sep 2020

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“Rug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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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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