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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The upholstery was dark beige while the tool compartment beneath the bed, accessible from either side, was painted light beige. Vern Parker, Houston Chronicle, "1969 Volkswagen Transporter: Functional pickup truck was built on that same platform as the Beetle," 20 July 2019 The available quilted leather upholstery, for instance, looks exceptional. Washington Post, "Edmunds: Upstart Genesis G70 holds its own with BMW 3 Series," 11 July 2019 Furniture Steam cleaning upholstery is the best way to remove the smell and stains of smoke. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get the Smoke Smell Out of Your House," 14 Nov. 2018 Finally, the SRT Interior Appearance package adds genuine carbon fiber to the instrument panel and door bezels in addition to wrapping the dash in a leatherlike upholstery and the headliner in microsuede. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Springs and Stripes: 2018 Dodge Durango Gets Lower and Louder," 8 Feb. 2018 Her go-to trick: Having all of the upholstery fabrics in the kitchen and breakfast nook coated with vinyl. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "This Beach House Features the Most Surprisingly Awesome Color Combinations," 4 Mar. 2019 Sponge with a carpet and upholstery spot remover, like Bissell's Tough Stain Pretreat for Carpet and Upholstery. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Remove Candle Wax from Clothes, Carpet, and More," 24 Dec. 2018 Demo videos show electronics sliding out of discreet compartments embedded in the upholstery. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Renault's New Self-Driving Concept Car Is an Ultra-Luxe Lounge on Wheels," 3 Oct. 2018 Manufacturers such as Sunbrella or Crypton Fabrics supply upholstery fabrics that repel water and offer the ultimate cleaning capability — perfect for dining chairs that are prone to spills or stains. Detroit Free Press, "6 ways to make the most of your dining room space," 21 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 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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