upholstery

noun
up·​hol·​stery | \ (ˌ)əp-ˈhōl-st(ə-)rē How to pronounce upholstery (audio) , (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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Birch-like flooring is easy to sweep out, and the swivel and bench seats are covered with a colorful custom upholstery. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Sleek camper van sleeps two with space for bikes," 26 Sep. 2018 Bikoff has installed a feathery wallpaper on the ceiling to complement the Rhapsody seating collection, which features patterned upholstery with jewelry-like hardware accents. Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, "The New Versace Home Collection Is the Fantasy of Our Candy-Colored, Neon-Tinged Dreams," 9 Apr. 2019 Think marble walls, a grand staircase, crystal chandeliers, wood paneling, ornate ceilings, brocade curtains—and throw in some red upholstery and zebra-stripe pillows. Elise Craig, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Hotels in San Francisco," 28 Feb. 2018 Much of the furniture on display follows suit, from the vintage Napoleon III side chairs in the master bedroom to the settee in the living room, a family heirloom that belonged to Sims’s grandmother and maintains its original orange upholstery. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "The Paint Trick That Instantly Makes Your Home Look More Polished," 22 Mar. 2019 The Inside is introducing a terrazzo-print upholstery and wallpaper collection this month, terrazzo tile makes are expanding their wares, and design sites are featuring DIY options. Alex Ronan, Vogue, "How Terrazzo Moved Out From Under Our Feet to Absolutely Everywhere," 18 Jan. 2019 Design details throughout—from the artwork to the stitching of the upholstery—celebrate the city’s famed automobile-racing culture. Allie Weiss, ELLE Decor, "5 Midcentury-Modern Landmarks You Need to See in the Midwest," 6 Dec. 2018 Osborne and Little’s butterfly pattern upholstery—seen on the lampshades and chair—inspired the bedroom’s overall color scheme. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Uninspired NYC Apartment Is Revived With Color, Charisma, and Customization," 17 Jan. 2019 More modern takes on the sofa typically lighten up the hefty original with velvet or other cloth upholstery, taller legs, and a slimmer back and arms. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About The Classic Chesterfield Sofa," 26 Nov. 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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upholstery

noun

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.

upholstery

noun
up·​hol·​stery | \ ˌəp-ˈhōl-stə-rē How to pronounce upholstery (audio) \
plural upholsteries

Kids Definition of upholstery

: materials used to make a soft covering for a seat

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