- 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.
- to furnish with a trellis.
- to enclose in a trellis.
- to train or support on a trellis.
- to form into or like a trellis.
Origin of trellis
Examples from the Web for trellis
And the clipped privet bush by the trellis and the may tree by the gate.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
“Nor half as unpleasant as a funeral,” put in Trellis, with a grin.The Hound From The North
There was a trellis over the door and jessamine swinging from it.The Prisoner
These holes are for the admittance of the middle, lower wire of the trellis.
The old top is discarded as soon as the new trunk is tied to the trellis.
- a structure or pattern of latticework, esp one used to support climbing plants
- an arch made of latticework
- to interweave (strips of wood, etc) to make a trellis
- to provide or support with a trellis
Word Origin and History for trellis
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.