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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.
Origin of trellised
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at 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
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  • At times, when he entered the trellised doorway, he found himself expecting someone to come forward to greet him.

    Out of the Air Inez Haynes Irwin
  • The trellised frames of the windows were shaken with violence.

  • Strombus cancellatus, the trellised Strombus (Fig. 299), is small in size and white in colour.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • He stood before the trellised gate, not knowing how he had come there.

    Dame Care Hermann Sudermann
  • She walked before me without her bonnet down the winding garden-steps; the trellised balustrade was lost in rose-wreaths.

  • Another green-room, with shepherdesses in a trellised garden worked in gold and silk.

  • There were trellised walks and arching spider bridges, sometimes over the streets, sometimes joining one house to another.

    Tarrano the Conqueror Raymond King Cummings
  • The old arbor was trellised with grape vines, and legions of flies and bees feasted upon the musky, fragrant grapes.

    The Story of a Child Pierre Loti
  • There sit two old monks, with their backs against the trellised window.

  • Under the trellised creepers, through which the rays of the afternoon sun were shining, sat a party of Europeans.

    The Ruined Cities of Zululand Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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