up·hol·ster | \(ˌ)əp-ˈhōl-stər, (ˌ)ə-ˈpōl-\
upholstered; upholstering

Definition of upholster 

transitive verb

: to furnish with or as if with upholstery

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Other Words from upholster

upholsterer \(ˌ)əp-ˈhōl-stər-ər, (ˌ)ə-ˈpōl- \ noun

Examples of upholster in a Sentence

The couch was upholstered with a bright, floral fabric.

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The house also has a big speak-easy-style upholstered bar in its lower level, in a large room with a vintage fireplace. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "House Envy: Sherwood Forest home mirrors another place and time," 28 Apr. 2018 Sharp angles are almost nonexistent; natural-wood tables have rounded corners, as do the chairs (upholstered in fabric whose pattern evokes patio furniture). Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Anticipation for Pacific Standard Time pays off with wood-fired excellence," 15 June 2018 Some cabs could be upholstered with the finest leather and plated with gold for those New Yorkers who want a truly luxurious experience. Peter Wayner, The Atlantic, "The New York City Subway Is Beyond Repair," 9 June 2018 Finally, the designers added rugs, linen draperies and light-colored furnishings upholstered in indoor-outdoor fabrics for carefree living. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "An Angular Beach House That’s Soft Inside," 14 May 2018 For the same reason, the green chair in the family room is upholstered in an all-weather fabric from Perennials. Amy Preiser, House Beautiful, "The Tiger Stripes and Flea-Market Finds in This Home Redefine Chic," 9 Aug. 2017 The interior of the woman's stucco house is poorly lit and full of boxes and furniture upholstered in varying florals. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "The soon-to-be biggest thing in football has no idea what he's in for: Inside 425-pound Motekiai Langi's path to BYU," 21 July 2016 The seats must be upholstered and have upholstered armrests. charlotteobserver, "Charlotte submits bid to host 2020 Republican National Convention | Charlotte Observer," 3 Apr. 2018 The starting point was an antique daybed Crowl bought while studying in Denmark, which Casagrande upgraded with new cushions upholstered in painterly velvet. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "In a Brookline home, turning a leaky pipe into a redesign opportunity," 30 Mar. 2018

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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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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 \
upholstered; upholstering

Kids Definition of upholster

: to provide with or as if with upholstery

Other Words from upholster

upholsterer noun

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