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  1. a frame or structure of latticework; lattice.
  2. a framework of this kind used as a support for growing vines or plants.
  3. a summerhouse, gazebo, arch, etc., made chiefly or completely of latticework.
  4. Heraldry. a charge of bendlets overlying bendlets sinister, the whole being cloué at the crossings.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to furnish with a trellis.
  2. to enclose in a trellis.
  3. to train or support on a trellis.
  4. to form into or like a trellis.
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Origin of trellis

1350–1400; Middle English trelis < Middle French (noun) < Late Latin trilīcius (for Latin trilīx) woven with three threads, equivalent to Latin tri- tri- + līci(um) thread + -us adj. suffix
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Related Words for trellis

lattice, arbor, framework, screen, treillage, espalier, grille

Examples from the Web for trellis

Historical Examples of trellis

  • And the clipped privet bush by the trellis and the may tree by the gate.

    Life and Death of Harriett Frean

    May Sinclair

  • “Nor half as unpleasant as a funeral,” put in Trellis, with a grin.

  • There was a trellis over the door and jessamine swinging from it.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for trellis


  1. a structure or pattern of latticework, esp one used to support climbing plants
  2. an arch made of latticework
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verb (tr)
  1. to interweave (strips of wood, etc) to make a trellis
  2. to provide or support with a trellis
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Derived Formstrellis-like, adjective

Word Origin for trellis

C14: from Old French treliz fabric of open texture, from Late Latin trilīcius woven with three threads, from Latin tri- + līcium thread
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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.

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