[uhp-hohl-ster, uh-pohl-]

verb (used with object)

to provide (chairs, sofas, etc.) with coverings, cushions, stuffing, springs, etc.
to furnish (an interior) with hangings, curtains, carpets, or the like.

Origin of upholster

1850–55, Americanism; back formation from upholsterer
Related formsre·up·hol·ster, verb (used with object)un·up·hol·stered, adjective
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Related Words for upholstered

drape, stuff, pad, cushion

Examples from the Web for upholstered

Contemporary Examples of upholstered

Historical Examples of upholstered

  • The furniture of the office was some old Empire stuff, upholstered in red velvet.


    Emile Zola

  • She was not a mass of material gorgeously furnished and upholstered.

  • This may or may not be upholstered, dependent on the character of the material of which it is made.

  • Carpets, hangings and upholstered furniture must be removed.

    The Mother and Her Child

    William S. Sadler

  • Wynn and Hogan sat facing each other on upholstered benches.

British Dictionary definitions for upholstered



(tr) to fit (chairs, sofas, etc) with padding, springs, webbing, and covering
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Word Origin and History for upholstered



1853, back-formation from upholsterer "tradesman who finishes or repairs articles of furniture" (1610s), from upholdester (early 15c.), formed with a diminutive (originally fem.) suffix, from obsolete Middle English noun upholder "dealer in small goods" (early 14c.), from upholden "to repair, uphold, keep from falling or sinking" (in this case, by stuffing); see uphold.

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