[uhp-hohl-stuh-ree, -stree, uh-pohl-]
noun, plural upholsteries.
the materials used to cushion and cover furniture.
the business of an upholsterer.

1640–50; upholster(er) + -y3

reupholstery, noun, plural reupholsteries.
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upholstery (ʌpˈhəʊlstərɪ)
n , pl -steries
1.  the padding, covering, etc, of a piece of furniture
2.  the business, work, or craft of upholstering

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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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