adjective Armor.

noting armor having diagonally crisscrossed strips of leather enframing metal plates, the whole being sewn to a flexible backing.

Origin of trellised

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at trellis, -ed3
Related formsun·trel·lised, adjective




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.

verb (used with object)

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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trellised

Historical Examples of trellised

  • The method is applied to both vase-formed and trellised vines.

  • It is concave and trellised, and is beautifully engraved by Daniel Hopfer.

    Spanish Arms and Armour

    Albert F. Calvert

  • The moon shone brightly on the trellised piazza of the —— House, at Niagara.

    Rose Clark

    Fanny Fern

  • Does that brazen scroll shade you better than did the trellised vine?

  • She stands on the trellised orifice; and there the matter ends.

    The Life of the Fly

    J. Henri Fabre

British Dictionary definitions for trellised



a structure or pattern of latticework, esp one used to support climbing plants
an arch made of latticework

verb (tr)

to interweave (strips of wood, etc) to make a trellis
to provide or support with a trellis
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 trellised



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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