up·hol·stery | \(ˌ)əp-ˈhōl-st(ə-)rē, (ˌ)ə-ˈpōl-\
plural upholsteries

Definition of upholstery 

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

Examples of upholstery in a Sentence

an old chair that needs new upholstery He learned upholstery from his father.

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Between Sunday evening and Monday morning, someone had viciously slashed his boat's upholstery with a knife. Rebecca Ellis, miamiherald, "Shake-A-Leg's fleet mysteriously vandalized in the dead of night," 5 July 2018 The fire, which started at 3 a.m. Sunday, burned at a upholstery and auto repair lot near 18th Avenue in Colonial Village North. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "One dead, one missing in overnight structure fire, Sacramento Fire Department says," 1 July 2018 Leverette says to bear in mind that hydrogen peroxide can bleach out the color of darker carpets and upholstery. NBC News, "How to get stains out of almost anything," 24 June 2018 The All Original Vehicles display will consist of cars 1976 and older which retain 75% of their original paint, chrome and upholstery. Andy Mikonis, chicagotribune.com, "Massive "bucket list" car show touches down in Wisconsin," 4 July 2017 Both vehicles have comfortable seats with available leather upholstery, though the Subaru’s seats are more accommodating for larger drivers and passengers. Washington Post, "Edmunds compares Subaru Outback and Buick Regal TourX," 30 May 2018 The Premium package adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, along with a slew of other luxuries such as leather upholstery, navigation, heated seats, a Bose audio system and more. Jonathan Elfalan, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Advanced driver aids aren't just for luxury cars, Edmunds says," 6 Apr. 2018 From the start, Bob couldn’t shake the idea of pairing the new soft-gray exterior with baseball glove-leather interior upholstery. Chantal Lamers, Sunset, "4 Tips for Outfitting a Family Camper Van," 22 Jan. 2018 Traditional houndstooth upholstery takes the edge off the contemporary silhouette of the chair. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "A bright, new homework room to keep the kids on track," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of upholstery

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for upholstery

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

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English Language Learners Definition of upholstery

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

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


up·hol·stery | \ˌəp-ˈhōl-stə-rē \
plural upholsteries

Kids Definition of upholstery

: materials used to make a soft covering for a seat

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