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[uhp-hohl-ster-er, uh-pohl-] /ʌpˈhoʊl stər ər, əˈpoʊl-/
a person whose business it is to upholster furniture and, sometimes, to furnish and put in place hangings, curtains, carpets, etc.
Origin of upholsterer
1605-15; earlier upholster in same sense (see uphold, -ster) + -er1
Related forms
reupholsterer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for upholsterer
Historical Examples
  • The upholsterer should so fill the pad that the wearer will have difficulty in balancing it.

  • I should say an upholsterer, or a mill wright, or some trade where his intelligence can help him on.

    A Final Reckoning G. A. Henty
  • The furniture is hired by the fortnight from Fitily, the upholsterer of the demi-monde.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • The furniture is hired by the fortnight from Fitily, the cocottes' upholsterer.

    The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
  • No upholsterer on earth ever manufactured a mattress to equal a bed of heather.

    Big Game Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • In Anastasius was the change from the upholsterer to the epicurean.

  • No upholsterer could have improved the effect "How very pretty!"

    Folly as It Flies Fanny Fern
  • If my upholsterer wished to be paid I could have it arranged, but that was not his intention.

    Conscience, Complete Hector Malot
  • In taking your apartment and engaging your upholsterer, you did too much.

    Conscience, Complete Hector Malot
  • True, Caxon, true; and it is no reproach to a thatcher that he is not an upholsterer.

    The Antiquary, Complete Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for upholsterer


a person who upholsters furniture as a profession
Word Origin
C17: from upholster small furniture dealer; see uphold, -ster, -er1
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