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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Other Words from upholster

upholsterer \ (ˌ)əp-​ˈhōl-​stər-​ər How to pronounce upholsterer (audio) , (ˌ)ə-​ˈpōl-​ \ noun

Examples of upholster in a Sentence

The couch was upholstered with a bright, floral fabric.

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The master bedroom’s custom headboard is upholstered in a crewelwork fabric by Shyam Ahuja and dressed with Tessilarte linens. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: Eras And Worlds Collide At An 18th-Century Farm Estate In The Hudson Valley," 29 Nov. 2017 For example, the chairs in the dining room were taken from Weidenbaum's last home, but re-upholstered in a striped fabric that's also stain-resistant. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: A Los Angeles Home That Exudes Comfortable Hotel Style," 15 June 2016 Then, there's something that throws the starkness off and makes it her own, like an antique settee upholstered in pinstripes. Sarah Bray, ELLE Decor, "How To Decorate Like Isabel Marant," 19 May 2014 The chair looks comfortable enough, but is upholstered in material with vertical white and blue stripes that might be the bars of a cage. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘Eye to I: Self-Portraits From 1900 to Today’ Review: How Artists See Themselves," 19 Nov. 2018 Some of the room’s furnishings continued the theme, such as a sofa upholstered in frosty Lee Jofa flowers and a rattan chandelier. Sara Ruffin Costello, ELLE Decor, "A New Orleans Manse is Given New Life with a Fashionable Pizzazz," 26 Oct. 2018 The center console takes this idea even further; its surface is a mix of wood and a turquoise jacquard carpet that's also used to upholster the rear bench seat. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We got our first good look at BMW’s new electric iNext, on sale in 2021," 15 Sep. 2018 The sofa’s frame is available in Floyd’s signature birch wood or upholstered in either a light gray, light blue, dark blue, or mustard yellow. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Flatpack furniture startup Floyd is launching a sofa," 20 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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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