up·​hol·​ster | \ (ˌ)əp-ˈhōl-stər How to pronounce upholster (audio) , (ˌ)ə-ˈpōl- \
upholstered; upholstering

Definition of upholster

transitive verb

: to furnish with or as if with upholstery

Examples of upholster in a Sentence

The couch was upholstered with a bright, floral fabric.
Recent Examples on the Web George Venson, who designs patterns for the textile and wallpaper studio Voutsa, enlisted sibling co-owners Yien and Leon Wong to upholster a pair of painterly floral Italian-linen slipper chairs for his 200 Lexington showroom. Trupti Rami, Curbed, 1 Apr. 2021 People in novels can and should be able to upholster their realities with art and films from this one. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2021 Victor Hernandez will gladly upholster anything — truly anything. Trupti Rami, Curbed, 1 Apr. 2021 An article last Sunday about Tillett Textiles misidentified the print of a fabric Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis used to upholster a sofa. New York Times, 9 Jan. 2021 The graphic patterns slide up the walls and right onto the showroom floor, where they have been used to upholster five sofas by Ligne Roset, the French furniture maker. Melissa Feldman, ELLE Decor, 9 Nov. 2020 Idea #4: Centuries old chairs still rank high in style when upholstered in a bold hue. Sarah Bray, House Beautiful, 28 Jan. 2014 Some learned their craft by upholstering furniture, others by making airplane seats. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 19 Apr. 2020 Go with furniture upholstered in a performance fabric, which makes for easy cleanup of messes and spills. Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of upholster

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for upholster

back-formation from upholstery

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The first known use of upholster was in 1849

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5 Jun 2021

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“Upholster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upholster. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of upholster

: to put a covering of cloth, leather, etc., on (a piece of furniture, such as a couch or chair)


up·​hol·​ster | \ ˌəp-ˈhōl-stər How to pronounce upholster (audio) \
upholstered; upholstering

Kids Definition of upholster

: to provide with or as if with upholstery

Other Words from upholster

upholsterer noun

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