tra·​pun·​to trə-ˈpün-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce trapunto (audio) -ˈpu̇n- How to pronounce trapunto (audio)
plural trapuntos
: a decorative quilted design in high relief worked through at least two layers of cloth by outlining the design in running stitch and padding it from the underside

Examples of trapunto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dining room banquette is upholstered in leather with trapunto embroidery by Penn & Fletcher, the table and chairs are antique, the photographs are by Vik Muniz, and the rug is by Stark Carpet. Robert Rufino, ELLE Decor, 27 Mar. 2023 Haines embellished his sofas with monochrome trapunto, an Italian padded quilting technique, topped with pale-blue flatwork embroidery. Kathryn O’Shea-Evans, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2018

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Word History


Italian, from past participle of trapungere to embroider, from tra- across (from Latin trans-) + pungere to prick, from Latin — more at trans-, pungent

First Known Use

circa 1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trapunto was circa 1924

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Cite this Entry

“Trapunto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


tra·​pun·​to trə-ˈpün-tō How to pronounce trapunto (audio) -ˈpu̇n- How to pronounce trapunto (audio)
plural trapuntos
: a type of quilting in which a design outlined with a single row of stitches is padded from behind to produce a decorative raised effect
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