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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Andrychowicz’s introduction clearly and very pleasantly provides the rationale for and benefits of using walls or trellises as efficient growing spaces. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "Garden book review: ‘Vertical Vegetables: Simple Projects that Deliver More Yield in Less Space’," 9 Sep. 2019 Up lighting: When lit from below, trees, trellises and architectural details can take on a dramatic effect. Richard A. Marini,, "How outdoor lighting can make your yard an inviting living space," 29 Aug. 2019 The trellis joins with the beach house’s curving floor plan, which bends to maximize views, to give the building a memorable sculptural silhouette. Blair Kamin,, "Column: Kings of the beach house: The little lakefront buildings of two Chicago architects show the way to design that enhances its environs.," 31 July 2019 Speaking of trellises, upward movement is key in small spaces. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Bunny Williams Shows How to Create a Potager, AKA a French-Style Garden," 20 Aug. 2019 Under a trellis, in shadow, were Krasner’s painting boots, splattered and weathered. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Lee Krasner, Hiding in Plain Sight," 19 Aug. 2019 According to Burik, the initial design included a trellis intended to house a pay phone., "Avon’s Heritage Gazebo celebrates 20 years as center landmark: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake, and North Ridgeville," 5 July 2019 Maximize hummingbird action by hanging at least one sugar water feeder off the eaves or a trellis in a location that it can easily be viewed from the kitchen or patio. Calvin Finch,, "Purple martins are on the move," 5 July 2019 Phase Two of the project also includes a children's garden and a plant trellis — a walkway framework lined with plants. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "What you need to know about Louisville's Waterfront Botanical Gardens project," 2 July 2019

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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