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 trellised (audio) \ adjective

Examples of trellis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The San Diego Bromeliad Society puts together a demonstration garden each year at the county fair, showing that bromeliads can be planted in the ground as well as planted in pots or hanging from a trellis. Barbara Henry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bromeliads featured in fair garden, talks," 7 June 2019 There is also garden art, garden beds with uncommon specimen trees, evergreens, arbors, trellises, custom metal artwork and 13 seating spots on the ¾-acre setting. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Garden tours across Wisconsin will be lush and colorful thanks to abundant rain," 6 June 2019 The expert also recommends building a trellis above your garden with a couple of posts and some wire, allowing vines to climb up and spread out. Jenae Sitzes, Country Living, "Here's Why You Should Be Adding Straw Bales to Your Garden," 8 Mar. 2017 White added matching red accents in the form of a flower trellis and plant shelf, as well as an awning over the door, a table and chairs set, and tons of lush greenery. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "This Shed-Turned-Cottage Transformation Is Nothing Short of Adorable," 9 Feb. 2016 Winter squash need room to stretch as their vines sprawl 10 to 15 feet in every direction; train the plants up a trellis or fence to conserve space. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "16 Types of Squash and Everything You Need to Know About Them," 28 Dec. 2018 The couple put grape vines on the trellises that Mr. Jakobsen fashioned from birch trees on the property. J. S. Marcus, WSJ, "The House that Brought Two Retiree Lovers Together," 9 Oct. 2018 The weight of the plant will anchor the trellis to the ground. Doug Hall, Good Housekeeping, "The 4 Best Ways to Support Your Tomato Plants," 19 July 2018 Long, slender light green fruits are spineless and almost always curved, unless grown on a trellis and harvested when 12 inches long. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Growing Crisp Cucumbers," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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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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