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trel·​lis ˈtre-ləs How to pronounce trellis (audio)
: a frame of latticework used as a screen or as a support for climbing plants
: a construction (such as a summerhouse) chiefly of latticework
: an arrangement that forms or gives the effect of a lattice
a trellis of interlacing streams
trellised adjective

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trellised; trellising; trellises

transitive verb

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

Examples of trellis in a Sentence

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Provide plenty of sun, growing room, and, if possible, a trellis so the vines can climb. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2023 This included a large, weathered metal grate recycled as a trellis for outdoor plantings, which also screens some of the mechanical systems in the lobby. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2023 Plant bush beans, which mature a little faster than pole beans (which must have support, such as a trellis, to grow vertically). Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 4 Aug. 2023 The lot’s garden beds are now filled with tomato plants on trellises, eggplants, peppers and a variety of herbs. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Aug. 2023 However, those who are willing to spend the time on it can achieve magical results, with hundreds of LEDs glowing in unison in real time, coiled through Christmas trees, across the eaves, and throughout your garden’s trellis or pergola. Gabriel Morgan, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Aug. 2023 There are plenty of panel trellises with stakes out there that can accomplish the same goals. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 1 Aug. 2023 With both practicality and charm, these budget-friendly trellises prove to be an asset for anyone looking to elevate their garden's beauty and functionality all at once. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 Making use of natural materials from the garden itself for garden components such as pathways, bed edging, fences, trellises, sheds, and so on. Elizabeth Waddington, Treehugger, 27 July 2023
At a home by designer Patrick Printy, multiple curved and trellised pergolas with greenery create a dreamy pathway along the house. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 23 Feb. 2023 There are tons of interesting melons, cucumbers, and squash out there; all grow from vines and do best when trellised. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 12 Apr. 2020 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, 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, 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, 15 Aug. 2018 Are there any kinds that do not need to be trellised? Dan Gill,, 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, 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, 30 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trellis was in the 14th century

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“Trellis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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