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[uhp-hohl-stuh-ree, -stree, uh-pohl-] /ʌpˈhoʊl stə ri, -stri, əˈpoʊl-/
noun, plural upholsteries.
the materials used to cushion and cover furniture.
the business of an upholsterer.
Origin of upholstery
1640-50; upholster(er) + -y3
Related forms
reupholstery, noun, plural reupholsteries. Unabridged
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  • She also developed a technique to make a chenille upholstery textile from the same chintz.
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  • Your average furniture upholstery is surrounded by strong smells, including human feet, animal hair and spilled food bits.
  • Today, the ground floor of the onetime veterans facility where they wed is an upholstery shop.
  • Picking an eye-grabbing fabric for the upholstery instantly updated the piece.
  • Make sure you've got a flexible hose, rotating brushes, and a wand for pulling fur off upholstery.
  • Chintz upholstery fabric is appearing in a downtown shop this season.
  • Over time, your upholstery absorbs those scents and can start to seriously stink.
  • Washable slipcovers in lighthearted new fabrics perk up old upholstery.
  • They are employed for wall coverings, for hangings, and for upholstery.
British Dictionary definitions for upholstery


noun (pl) -steries
the padding, covering, etc, of a piece of furniture
the business, work, or craft of upholstering
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Word Origin and History for upholstery

"upholsterer's work," 1640s; see upholster + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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