Definition of trellis in English:


Syllabification: trel·lis
Pronunciation: /ˈtrelis


  • A framework of light wooden or metal bars, chiefly used as a support for fruit trees or climbing plants.
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    • 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, espalier, arbor; network, mesh; grille, grid, grating; latticework
    technical reticulation

verb (trelliss, trellising, trellised)

[with object] (usually as adjective trellised) Back to top  
  • 1Provide with or enclose in a trellis: a trellised archway
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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