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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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 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 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

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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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