a light bedstead used in India, consisting of a web of rope or tape netting.

Nearby words

  1. charoseth,
  2. charpak,
  3. charpak, georges,
  4. charpentier,
  5. charpentier, gustave,
  6. charqui,
  7. charr,
  8. charred,
  9. charrette,
  10. charrière scale

Also char·pai [chahr-pahy] /ˈtʃɑrˈpaɪ/.

Origin of charpoy

1835–45; < Urdu chārpāi < Persian, equivalent to ch(ah)ār four + pāy foot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for charpai

  • The poor creature lay on a sort of bedstead or charpai in a tidy little house consisting of one room and lighted only by the door.

    Southern Arabia|Theodore Bent

British Dictionary definitions for charpai


charpai (ˈtʃɑːpaɪ)


a bedstead of woven webbing or hemp stretched on a wooden frame on four legs, common in India

Word Origin for charpoy

C19: from Urdu cārpāī

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