upholstery

noun up·hol·stery \ (ˌ)əp-ˈhōl-st(ə-)rē , (ˌ)ə-ˈpōl- \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of upholstery

plural upholsteries
: materials (such as fabric, padding, and springs) used to make a soft covering especially for a seat

Examples of upholstery in a Sentence

  1. an old chair that needs new upholstery

  2. He learned upholstery from his father.

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Origin and Etymology of upholstery

Middle English upholdester upholsterer, from upholden to uphold, from up + holden to hold


UPHOLSTERY Defined for English Language Learners

upholstery

noun

Definition of upholstery for English Language Learners

  • : the cloth, leather, etc., that covers a couch, chair, etc.

  • : the process or business of covering pieces of furniture with cloth, leather, etc.


UPHOLSTERY Defined for Kids

upholstery

noun up·hol·stery \ ˌəp-ˈhōl-stə-rē \

Definition of upholstery for Students

plural upholsteries
: materials used to make a soft covering for a seat

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