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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.
1640-50; upholster(er) + -y3
Related forms
reupholstery, noun, plural reupholsteries. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for upholstery
  • She also developed a technique to make a chenille upholstery textile from the same chintz.
  • Spray it on upholstery and rugs, plus they have the air freshener kind.
  • 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.

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Encyclopedia Article for upholstery

materials used in the craft of covering, padding, and stuffing seating and bedding. The earliest upholsterers, from early Egyptian times to the beginning of the Renaissance, nailed animal skins or dressed leather across a rigid framework. They slowly developed the craft to include cushions, padding, and pillows-stuffed with such materials as goose down and horsehair.

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