upholstery

noun
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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The house, all white walls and white upholstery, was furnished with family heirlooms, including French antiques inherited from her mother and grandmother. Sara Ruffin Costello, ELLE Decor, "A New Orleans Manse is Given New Life with a Fashionable Pizzazz," 26 Oct. 2018 To remove dust from a foam pillow, vacuum both sides with the upholstery tool. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Pillows the Right Way," 17 Oct. 2018 My rule of thumb is that upholstery is new and everything else is vintage. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "Nate Berkus' 8 greatest tips for effortless home style," 2 July 2018 The staff are sincere; the interiors, a mixture of hague blue walls, teal and grey velvet upholstery, all doubly highlighted through a clever use of mirrors. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "These Are the World’s Sexiest Bedrooms, According to Two Globe-Trotters Who Would Know," 14 Nov. 2018 The agency has no immediate plans to discard the upholstery on its 2,438 buses or four light-rail lines. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "Goodbye, upholstery. Hello, vinyl: L.A. Metro is phasing out some of its infamous fabric seats," 10 July 2018 The upholstery on John Beauregard's powerboat was slashed, along with several of Shake-A-Leg's inflatable dinghies. Rebecca Ellis, miamiherald, "Shake-A-Leg's fleet mysteriously vandalized in the dead of night," 5 July 2018 The perforated leather upholstery allowed adequate air circulation. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Hyundai’s 2018 Kona small crossover starts at $19,500, offers all-wheel drive | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 May 2018 And don’t be afraid to try lighter upholstery colors. 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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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 \
plural upholsteries

Kids Definition of upholstery

: materials used to make a soft covering for a seat

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