Definition of upholstery in English:

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Pronunciation: /əpˈhōlst(ə)rē/


1Soft, padded textile covering that is fixed to furniture such as armchairs and sofas.
Example sentences
  • For a chic design with a contemporary edge, Monty favors sophisticated fabrics and tailored upholstery in leather and linen.
  • Even the soft warm leather upholstery and steady movement of the vehicle didn't succeed in lulling the girl to sleep.
  • Walnut timber floor and panelling are contrasted with the aubergine panelling of the limestone bar, and the furniture upholstery is a calming blue.
1.1The art or practice of fitting padded coverings to chairs or sofas.
Example sentences
  • Linking with the waterways theme were stalls of canal boat art and decoration, boat upholstery, knot tying and information about the British Waterways.
  • He noted that among the areas involved were arts and crafts, woodwork, upholstery, photography and so on.
  • Anyone interested in classes in Woodwork, Pottery or upholstery are advised to get in touch with the organization as soon as possible.

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Syllabification: up·hol·ster·y

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