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 Just as a powerful vacuum gets rid of these particles on your floors and upholstery, an air purifier removes them from the air. Lily Gray, PEOPLE.com, 14 Dec. 2021 Local furniture companies had shed jobs and reinvented themselves in the wake of offshoring, shifting to custom upholstery and handcrafted wood furniture to survive. New York Times, 27 Nov. 2021 The interiors are reminiscent of modern barns, with soaring ceilings and more rustic finishes such as white oak planking, metal detailing leather upholstery, and a chic neutral palette. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 14 Dec. 2021 Heated power front seats are standard, as is leather upholstery with contrasting stitching, which is now available in gray, brown, or beige. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 19 Oct. 2021 Plush upholstery and soothing textiles are critical in bedrooms, but another way to promote a sense of calm is with plants. Tim Mckeough, ELLE Decor, 12 Jan. 2021 Craig and her camerawoman climbed in the back of Gearhart’s rusted maroon S.U.V., the upholstery ripped and chewed by her dog, Bodhi, who had dibs on the front passenger seat. Jamie Lauren Keiles Ismail Muhammad Kim Tingley Benoit Denizet-lewis Sam Anderson Jazmine Hughes Irina Aleksander Sasha Weiss Rowan Ricardo Phillips Stella Bugbee Michael Paterniti Maggie Jones Robert Draper Rob Hoerburger Jason Zengerle Reginald Dwayne Betts Jane Hu David Marchese Hanif Abdurraqib Jenna Wortham Anthony Giardina Niela Orr Amy X. Wang, New York Times, 25 Dec. 2021 Inside, the biggest difference between the Wilderness and the Forester Premium (upon which it's based) is its StarTex water-resistant upholstery, optimized for all the muddy outdoors exploits that such a vehicle will surely inspire. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 16 Dec. 2021 Fortunately, this is nothing our upholstery cleaner hasn’t seen before. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, 8 Oct. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upholstery. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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