trel·​lis | \ ˈtre-ləs How to pronounce trellis (audio) \

Definition of trellis

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a frame of latticework used as a screen or as a support for climbing plants
2 : a construction (such as a summerhouse) chiefly of latticework
3 : an arrangement that forms or gives the effect of a lattice a trellis of interlacing streams


trellised; trellising; trellises

Definition of trellis (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to provide with a trellis especially : to train (a plant, such as a vine) on a trellis
2 : to cross or interlace on or through : interweave

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trellis 1

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trellised \ ˈtre-​ləst How to pronounce trellised (audio) \ adjective

Examples of trellis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tomato cages work well as trellises for the sweet pea vines. Calvin Finch,, "How to keep your holiday plants going past Christmas," 26 Dec. 2019 And just a short walk from the taproom building, visitors will find Hop Culture’s hop yard: four acres of homegrown hops, with bines growing vertically upward, supported by tall trellises. Leeanne Griffin,, "Hop Culture Farms & Brew, where the hops are homegrown and the beer flies out of the tap room," 30 Sep. 2019 Having very few thorns makes medium-pink Climbing Pinkie the perfect rose to train on columns, trellises and arbors. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Polyantha roses are prolific bloomers and rugged survivors," 12 Sep. 2019 Step 4 - Support plants with a stake, trellis or wire cage. Tom Maccubbin,, "Gardeners, start your tomatoes," 13 Aug. 2019 More than 420 guests dined under Bergner & Johnson's palm trellis of lanterns, bougainvillea and even more orchids. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Colombia-inspired Latin American Experience Weekend raises $1.675 million for Museum of Fine Arts," 4 Nov. 2019 The tube and suet feeders work especially well when hung from the eaves or a trellis. Calvin Finch,, "If you feed them, birds will come," 10 Oct. 2019 To ensure a good crop, there are 7 Rules Every Tomato Grower Should Follow, which includes using sturdy cages or trellises early in the season to avoid damaged vines and roots. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "The Most Reliable Tomato Cages + Trellises," 7 Mar. 2016 The vine works well on a trellis or fence but can also be grown as a fall-blooming groundcover. Calvin Finch,, "What’s blooming now in our chilly San Antonio gardens," 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb More than 20 adults and children visited last month for a tour and one of Tomassini’s simple meals in exchange for a few hours of weeding, trellising or other jobs. Los Angeles Times, "An urban farm grows in Los Angeles. You can be a part of it.," 10 Oct. 2019 The nautically-themed restaurant features California cuisine, craft cocktails, a fireplace and an outdoor patio with a wood-trellised deck and soon-to-open bocce ball court. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "First Look: Inside Berkeley Marina’s new boathouse-themed restaurant," 11 Sep. 2019 The pathways that trellised the fragrant herb garden outside the chatelaine’s bedroom and in the far-flung potager were made from bricks imported by the British, who used them as ballast for their ships. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside Tory Burch’s Lovingly Restored Antigua Getaway," 15 Aug. 2018 Are there any kinds that do not need to be trellised? Dan Gill,, "What type of sweet peas to plant and when to plant them in South Louisiana," 29 Apr. 2018 Less vigorous varieties, such as many of the large-flowered hybrids can be allowed to climb through shrubs or small trees in the flower garden (with a little guidance), instead of being trellised, or even to wander over the ground as a ground cover. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Clematis," 17 Mar. 2017 For years, some farmers have turned to changing how grapes are trellised to grow more per vine and have invested in new technology to automate picking and pruning to drive down labor costs. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "N.Y. Grape Growers, Squeezed by Low Demand, Look Beyond Juice," 30 Apr. 2018 There’s a woodlands garden, a perennial herbaceous border and a vegetable garden with handmade wattle fencing and trellised supports. Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, kansascity, "Here’s your chance to tour 5 lush Mission Hills & Fairway private gardens," 6 May 2017 At one point, Nederend feared her vines would need to be cut down to the ground and re-trellised this spring — meaning no crop in 2017 but a return for 2018 and beyond. Eric Degerman, idahostatesman, "Big news for Gem State travelers, winemakers: Idaho Wines fly free on two airlines," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of trellis


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trellis


Middle English trelis, from Anglo-French treleis, from Old French treille arbor, from Latin trichila summerhouse

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Cite this Entry

“Trellis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of trellis

: a frame with long pieces of wood that cross each other that is used as a support for climbing plants


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Kids Definition of trellis

: a frame of lattice used especially as a screen or a support for climbing plants

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