\ˈrəg \

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)

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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Reality: To embellish her space, Paige had layered area rugs on carpet in the office and living room. Marni Jameson,, "7 mistakes rookie DIY decorators make," 13 July 2018 Hannau will play For Bunita Marcus, a 1985 work that explores similar territory; rigorous repetition gives way to subtle changes akin to the kind of imperfections Feldman loved in Persian rugs. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Two Chicago pianists perform a pair of rarely heard masterpieces by Morton Feldman," 12 July 2018 His team cultivates fields of grass on this desert land, carves it into sheets, rolls them up like rugs, and sends them out to beautify otherwise barren areas. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "The 2022 World Cup Plants Some Trees and Prepares to Step Into the Spotlight," 12 July 2018 The sale prices will apply to sofas, chairs, entertainment units, rugs, and more. Olivia Harrison,, "Ikea Is Having A Summer Sale On Some Of Its Most Popular Pieces," 10 July 2018 Between the area rug, the succulents, and the Mason jar lanterns, your kitten will be completely set up for indoor glamping (or maybe just a cat nap). Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This DIY Cardboard Kitty Camper Is Paws-Down the Cutest Thing We've Ever Seen," 8 July 2018 So the story of the first half so far is Germany whaling on Sweden like a dusty rug for 15 minutes, and then the Swedes nearly taking the lead with their first and only chance. Andrew Das, New York Times, "Germany’s World Cup Is Saved in the Blink of an Eye (and Flick of a Foot)," 24 June 2018 Just like indoors, accessories finish outdoor spaces Add an area rug, pillows, lanterns, potted flowers and trees. Marni Jameson,, "They’re coming! Part 3: Furnishing the great outdoors," 1 June 2018 Lots of designer furniture, Turkish rugs, lighting and local art here. Cristina B Bolling, charlotteobserver, "One super-shopper reveals her 5 best finds in Charlotte. Have you been to all these stores?," 30 May 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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