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.
Recent Examples on the Web More than 1,100 Amazon shoppers swear by this nifty device, which is designed to work on all types of surfaces, including cement, carpeting, upholstery and more. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon Black Friday deals you can get this Tuesday," 24 Nov. 2020 Examples include unused car upholstery and funky old couch fabric from furniture makers dating to the 1960s. Matt Jancer, Wired, "17 Gifts Ideas for Musicians of All Skill Levels," 2 Nov. 2020 Inside, the Eclipse Cross gets new upholstery and trim options including grey leather. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Is Looking Less Weird," 15 Oct. 2020 Featuring linen upholstery and nailhead trim, the sturdy platform bed doesn’t require a box spring, saving you even more money. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "20 Amazon furniture pieces that look way more expensive than they are," 21 Sep. 2020 Our $38,050 Touring Hybrid test vehicle came loaded with features, including a head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery and attractive 19-inch wheels. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Polishes a Winning Formula," 10 Nov. 2020 That includes disinfecting all the soft goods, such as upholstery and pillow cases. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Sanitizing, masking and air-flow analysis: Alaska hotels adapt to pandemic," 7 Nov. 2020 This full-size machine deep cleans and works on stairs, upholstery, and can even tackle pet hair. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Carpet Cleaners of 2020," 19 Oct. 2020 Some of the eligible items include dressers, bookcases, dining tables, desks, and chairs without upholstery. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "IKEA Wants to Buy Back Your Old Furniture," 14 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of upholstery was in 1597

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2 Dec 2020

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“Upholstery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upholstery. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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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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