[uhp-hohl-stuh-ree, -stree, uh-pohl-]

noun, plural up·hol·ster·ies.

the materials used to cushion and cover furniture.
the business of an upholsterer.

Origin of upholstery

First recorded in 1640–50; upholster(er) + -y3
Related formsre·up·hol·ster·y, noun, plural re·up·hol·ster·ies.
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Related Words for upholstery

padding, stuffing, filling

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noun plural -steries

the padding, covering, etc, of a piece of furniture
the business, work, or craft of upholstering
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Word Origin and History for upholstery

"upholsterer's work," 1640s; see upholster + -ery.

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