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[uhp-hohl-ster, uh-pohl-] /ʌpˈhoʊl stər, əˈpoʊl-/
verb (used with object)
to provide (chairs, sofas, etc.) with coverings, cushions, stuffing, springs, etc.
to furnish (an interior) with hangings, curtains, carpets, or the like.
1850-55, Americanism; back formation from upholsterer
Related forms
reupholster, verb (used with object)
unupholstered, adjective
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Examples for reupholster
  • Rebuild and recondition the hydraulic and mechanical mechanisms of barbershop chairs and reupholster.
  • Also, repair and reupholster barbershop waiting room chairs.
  • At that time you will be informed of the amount of fabric needed to reupholster your furniture.
British Dictionary definitions for reupholster


(transitive) to fit (chairs, sofas, etc) with padding, springs, webbing, and covering
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Contemporary definitions for reupholster

to redo the stuffing, springs, cushions, and covering fabric for a piece of furniture

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Word Origin and History for reupholster

1872, from re- + upholster. Related: Reupholstered; reupholstering.



1853, back-formation from upholsterer "tradesman who finishes or repairs articles of furniture" (1610s), from upholdester (early 15c.), formed with a diminutive (originally fem.) suffix, from obsolete Middle English noun upholder "dealer in small goods" (early 14c.), from upholden "to repair, uphold, keep from falling or sinking" (in this case, by stuffing); see uphold.

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