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

In the meaning defined above

Other Words from trellis


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

Examples of trellis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To add this easy DIY snack stand to your movie mix, simply clothespin paper popcorn bags to a trellis. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 27 Apr. 2022 The main dining area, designed by Celano Design Studios, is clad with undulating teak panels and is anchored by three curved wood trellis structures. Cheryl Tiu, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 Throw them over a tree branch, a trellis, or a railing for instant ambiance. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 15 Apr. 2022 One table featured a trellis and a water fountain; another was shaded with a parasol dotted with orchids; LaMaar’s was downright mystical with glittery buddhas, rock crystals, tarot cards, and symbols of astrology. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2022 This publication demonstrates a trellis system nicely. oregonlive, 16 Jan. 2022 Use a trellis or tomato cage to provide a plant suport. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Jan. 2022 In the spring, set the tree up in your garden as a trellis for peas or beans. oregonlive, 29 Dec. 2021 Morris borrowed the trellis pattern from his garden and created the illusion of three-dimensionality. Shivani Vyas, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 There’s a woodlands garden, a perennial herbaceous border and a vegetable garden with handmade wattle fencing and trellised supports. Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, kansascity, 6 May 2017 See More

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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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“Trellis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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

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