[ kahr-pit ]
See synonyms for: carpetcarpetedcarpeting on

  1. a heavy fabric, commonly of wool or nylon, for covering floors.

  2. a covering of this material.

  1. any relatively soft surface or covering like a carpet: They walked on the carpet of grass.

  2. any of a number of airborne electronic devices for jamming radar.

  3. a system of such devices.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cover or furnish with or as with a carpet.

  2. Chiefly British. to reprimand.

Idioms about carpet

  1. on the carpet,

    • before an authority or superior for an accounting of one's actions or a reprimand: He was called on the carpet again for his carelessness.

    • Chiefly British. under consideration or discussion.

Origin of carpet

1300–50; Middle English carpete cloth covering for a table, floor, bed, etc. <Middle French carpite or Medieval Latin carpīta<Italian carpita woolen bedspread <Vulgar Latin *carpīta, past participle of carpīre, for Latin carpere to pluck, card (wool)

Other words from carpet

  • car·pet·less, adjective
  • car·pet·like, adjective
  • re·car·pet, verb (used with object)
  • un·car·pet·ed, adjective
  • well-car·pet·ed, adjective

Words Nearby carpet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use carpet in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for carpet


/ (ˈkɑːpɪt) /

    • a heavy fabric for covering floors

    • (as modifier): a carpet sale

  1. a covering like a carpet: a carpet of leaves

  1. on the carpet informal

    • before authority to be reproved for misconduct or error

    • under consideration

verb-pets, -peting or -peted (tr)
  1. to cover with or as if with a carpet

  2. informal to reprimand

Origin of carpet

C14: from Old French carpite, from Old Italian carpita, from Late Latin carpeta, literally: (wool) that has been carded, from Latin carpere to pluck, card

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Other Idioms and Phrases with carpet


see call on the carpet; red carpet. Also see under rug.

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