Definition of trellis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrɛlɪs/


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A framework of light wooden or metal bars used as a support for fruit trees or creepers, typically fastened against a wall.
Example sentences
  • A striking feature of the garden is the large willow screens which have been mounted on two walls and will act as trellis for the climbing plants.
  • Modern facade greening, however, favors the use of climbers supported by steel cables or trellis, holding the plants away from the building surface.
  • Create privacy screens by planting fast-growing annual vines up trellises around your patio.
lattice, framework, open framework, espalier;
network, mesh, tracery;
technical reticulation

verb (trellises, trellising, trellised)

[with object] (usually as adjective trellised)
1Provide with or enclose in a trellis: a trellised archway
More example sentences
  • Roses trailed across trellised arcades, the trellis in the courtyard inspiring Morris's earliest wallpaper design.
  • Two have elegant trellised porches and verandas in the fashionable Regency style.
  • Its Spanish colonial architecture consists of arched facades, muted plaster exteriors and trellised courtyards.
1.1Support (a climbing plant) with a trellis.
Example sentences
  • Organic managers adhere to the same basic principles when it comes to selecting a site for a new orchard, choosing rootstocks, pruning, and staking or trellising trees.
  • In my travels to gardens and farms around the world, I've seen a variety of inventive ways to trellis tomato plants.
  • Choose pole beans over bush beans, and trellis them along the back of a container.


Late Middle English (denoting any latticed screen): from Old French trelis, from Latin trilix 'three-ply', from tri- 'three' + licium 'warp thread'. Current senses date from the early 16th century.

  • This once referred to any latticed screen. It is from Old French trelis, from Latin trilix ‘three-ply’, from tri- ‘three’, and licium ‘warp thread’. This was used in France for a strong fabric and then something woven from wire. The word is found in gardening contexts from the early 16th century.

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Line breaks: trel|lis

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