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

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Examples of upholster in a Sentence

The couch was upholstered with a bright, floral fabric.
Recent Examples on the Web Idea #4: Centuries old chairs still rank high in style when upholstered in a bold hue. Sarah Bray, House Beautiful, "6 Chairs That Couldn't Be Chicer," 28 Jan. 2014 Some learned their craft by upholstering furniture, others by making airplane seats. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM's trim specialists have gone from sewing car seats to protecting lives," 19 Apr. 2020 Go with furniture upholstered in a performance fabric, which makes for easy cleanup of messes and spills. Washington Post, "Use bold colors to make a big impression, even in a small space," 13 Feb. 2020 Settee: early 1900s, Revival Antiques, upholstered in Rogers & Goffigon brown velvet. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Designer Madeleine Stuart Spent 15 Years Decorating This L.A. Home," 9 Mar. 2020 Conversely, below ground there is a vast entertainment area with a private bowling alley—a nod to the couple’s sense of fun—where the walls are upholstered in a bloodred velvet. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "This Candy-Colored Revivalist Mansion Outside Chicago Brings the Drama," 16 Oct. 2019 The seats are upholstered in World War II tent canvas. Mihir Maddireddy, Car and Driver, "Outdoors Retailer Beautifully Modernizes Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler," 18 Feb. 2020 In a breakfast nook, the designer fudged a banquette with a simple bench (a block shape like that is much cheaper to have upholstered than a built-in) and a cushion hanging on the wall behind it as a back rest. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Crazy Rental Kitchen Makeover Used Only Paint, Tape, and a Whole Lot of Creativity," 2 Dec. 2019 The tall, narrow back, the flat seat, and the ornate wooden arms are upholstered in a hooked rug with big maroon flowers. BostonGlobe.com, "Beautiful memories from an ugly chair - The Boston Globe," 14 Sep. 2019

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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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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Upholster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upholster. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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