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

Examples of trellis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This planter trellis is my favorite container-gardening project. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Double Duty: A Trellis Planter for Plants and Privacy," 27 Mar. 2021 With indeterminate tomato varieties that grow 6-8 feet high, a larger support is needed made from fencing, concrete reinforcement wire or a wood trellis. Tom Maccubbin,, "Keep fruit tree trunks clear of vegetation and mulch," 20 Mar. 2021 The cornstalks serve as a trellis for the bean vines, while the beans, which are legumes, enrich the soil for the corn. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, "Seeds and beyond: Native Americans embrace ‘food sovereignty’," 22 Feb. 2021 Trailing types, such as boysenberries, dewberries and youngberries, must be trained to a trellis or other support. Dan Gill,, "Think now about planting hardy fruit trees and bushes," 3 Feb. 2021 Soak the seed overnight and then plant it against a trellis. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Good fall plants to grow from seed in your San Antonio garden," 29 Oct. 2020 In England, it is often trained over a trellis, where the limbs are intertwined. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, "Mystery plants all from England this week," 11 Jan. 2021 One way to encourage more of the laterals would be to spiral and tie the main branches – still young and pliable – around the existing trellis, allowing the laterals to shoot out and up from those. oregonlive, "Need tips on increasing blooms on climbing roses? Ask an expert," 19 Dec. 2020 Some helpful design tips: Choose low maintenance plants and grow vertically along a trellis, to cut down on bending. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Demo shows how inclusive guidelines make gardening more accessible," 12 Dec. 2020 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, "The Global Kitchen Garden: 25 Plants You Need to Grow (and Cook) Now," 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, "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

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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 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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