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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Working in a nearby upholstery shop in his pre-White Stripes days, White would drop by on lunch breaks. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Jack White brings a big-league presence to sandlot baseball game in Hamtramck," 11 July 2019 According to tradition, the first American flag was sewn by Betsy Ross at her upholstery shop on Arch Street in Philadelphia. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Flag Day," 14 June 2019 Jorge Borgias, 33, works at the upholstery shop next door, and takes coffee breaks at the bodega. Written By Sarah Maslin Nir; Photographs By Victor J. Blue, New York Times, "Down the Aisles, a Secret Shelter for the Homeless," 10 Jan. 2018 Another abandoned boat appears, clearly chewed by the small carnivore munching on the upholstery. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Universal Studios Hollywood opens Jurassic World ride. But is it better than the old one?," 12 July 2019 Carlisle took inspiration from *checks notes* ah yes, the upholstery from a bus seat for this one. SI.com, "50 Worst Football Shirts of All Time," 3 July 2019 Select rugs and upholstery fabric that include the color of your dog’s fur. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "8 reasons not to get a dog, and why I have 3," 31 May 2019 Then, follow this guide by Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, to tackle fabric, upholstery, or carpet stains head-on. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Remove Red Wine Stains From Absolutely Everything," 19 Nov. 2018 Had the other models left their imprint in the lumpy surface, the oily patina of the upholstery, and the rank musky odor? Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 2019

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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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