upholstery

noun
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 Inside is introducing a terrazzo-print upholstery and wallpaper collection this month, terrazzo tile makes are expanding their wares, and design sites are featuring DIY options. Alex Ronan, Vogue, "How Terrazzo Moved Out From Under Our Feet to Absolutely Everywhere," 18 Jan. 2019 Design details throughout—from the artwork to the stitching of the upholstery—celebrate the city’s famed automobile-racing culture. Allie Weiss, ELLE Decor, "5 Midcentury-Modern Landmarks You Need to See in the Midwest," 6 Dec. 2018 Osborne and Little’s butterfly pattern upholstery—seen on the lampshades and chair—inspired the bedroom’s overall color scheme. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Uninspired NYC Apartment Is Revived With Color, Charisma, and Customization," 17 Jan. 2019 More modern takes on the sofa typically lighten up the hefty original with velvet or other cloth upholstery, taller legs, and a slimmer back and arms. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About The Classic Chesterfield Sofa," 26 Nov. 2018 There are 400+ options for upholstery and hard surface finishes alone (plus, samples are free!). Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Custom Furniture Company Promises Quick Shipping, Affordable Prices, and—Gasp—10-Minute Assembly," 6 Dec. 2018 Follow this guide to remove unwanted cat pee odors from carpet, upholstery, wood, and tile. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of That Cat Pee Smell on Carpets, Wood, and Upholstery," 17 Dec. 2018 Options include special exterior and interior trim, wheels, upholstery, and accent and ambient lighting, plus surround sound, active-safety systems, a head-up display, four-zone climate control, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel. Bengt Halvorson, Car and Driver, "Preview Drive: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV Keeps It Simple," 22 Mar. 2018 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

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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 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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