[ chahr-poi ]
/ ˈtʃɑrˈpɔɪ /


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

/ (ˈtʃɑːpɔɪ) /


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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