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[trel-ist] /ˈtrɛl ɪst/
adjective, Armor.
noting armor having diagonally crisscrossed strips of leather enframing metal plates, the whole being sewn to a flexible backing.
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see trellis, -ed3
Related forms
untrellised, adjective


[trel-is] /ˈtrɛl ɪs/
a frame or structure of latticework; lattice.
a framework of this kind used as a support for growing vines or plants.
a summerhouse, gazebo, arch, etc., made chiefly or completely of latticework.
Heraldry. a charge of bendlets overlying bendlets sinister, the whole being cloué at the crossings.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with a trellis.
to enclose in a trellis.
to train or support on a trellis.
to form into or like a trellis.
1350-1400; Middle English trelis < Middle French (noun) < Late Latin trilīcius (for Latin trilīx) woven with three threads, equivalent to Latin tri- tri- + līci(um) thread + -us adj. suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for trellised
  • But strings of sparkling lights weave through trees and trellised walkways, lending a fairyland quality to the winter landscape.
  • Develop a demonstration sweet cherry orchard using slanted and trellised trees grown in high tunnels.
  • Consequently, this pruning method should be used only when necessary for control of rosette disease unless canes are trellised.
  • Its vines are incredibly hardy and resilient in cold weather, and can be trellised to climb arbors in attractive patterns.
  • Fertilizing trellised tomatoes under drip irrigation.
  • trellised and rectangular drainage patterns indicate faulted and jointed rock.
British Dictionary definitions for trellised


a structure or pattern of latticework, esp one used to support climbing plants
an arch made of latticework
verb (transitive)
to interweave (strips of wood, etc) to make a trellis
to provide or support with a trellis
Derived Forms
trellis-like, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French treliz fabric of open texture, from Late Latin trilīcius woven with three threads, from Latin tri- + līcium thread
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Word Origin and History for trellised



c.1400, "lattice, grating," from Old French trelis, originally "sackcloth," from Vulgar Latin *trilicius, from Latin trilicis, genitive of trilix "having three threads, triple-twilled," from tri- three + licium "thread." Cognate with Greek trimitos. Sense extended in Old French to things "woven" of iron, etc., which brought on influence of Old French treille "vine trellis," perhaps from Latin trichila "bower, arbor," which is apparently from Latin triclinium "couch extending round three sides of a table" (for reclining on at meals). Meaning "lattice used to support growing vines" is from 1510s.

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Encyclopedia Article for trellised


framework on which trees and climbing plants are trained. It is usually constructed of long, narrow wood or metal slats that are crisscrossed to produce square or diamond-shaped spaces.

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