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[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.
Origin of 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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  • The unassuming figure of the young man under the trellis stood still, swaying only slightly from side to side.

    The Wishing Moon Louise Elizabeth Dutton
  • A third time my blade was caught in the trellis of parasites.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • I climbed up onto the edge of that hogshead that the workmen had left right beside the trellis that runs up by my window.

  • “Nor half as unpleasant as a funeral,” put in trellis, with a grin.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • Better even than the ordinary wire net, an artistic screen of lattice work or trellis can be erected.

    Making a Tennis Court George E. Walsh
  • There was a trellis over the door and jessamine swinging from it.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • If trellis or brush is to be avoided, frequent sowings of the dwarfs will maintain a supply.

  • These holes are for the admittance of the middle, lower wire of the trellis.

  • I have now used this trellis five years upon ten acres of mixed vines, and I am more pleased with it every year.

    American Grape Training Liberty Hyde (L.H.) Bailey
  • The main trunk is carried up only to the lower wire of the trellis.

British Dictionary definitions for trellis


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 trellis

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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